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Pandemic Reflections: Saint Francis and the Lepers Catch Up with COVID

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Title: Pandemic Reflections
Subtitle: Saint Francis and the Lepers Catch Up with COVID
Subject Classification: Religion and Faith, COVID-19, Society and Culture
BIC Classification: HRC, MJCJ, JF
BISAC Classification: REL010000, REL028000, REL012110
Binding: Hardback, pp.(to be confirmed)
Planned Publication date: September 2023
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-80441-048-6
ISBN (web pdf): 978-1-80441-049-3

Price: £79.99

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St Francis of Assisi, one of the most acclaimed and enduring of saints, is particularly significant when reflecting upon the COVID pandemic. Francis lived, and ministered, amid a leprosy pandemic. How he lived in relation to that pandemic makes him a source of insight to as well as a potential critic of contemporary responses to COVID. In turn, one can use COVID to question Francis. Did he exhibit a harmful form of religious devotion, perhaps fanaticism, by exposing himself and others to a lethal pathogen? This edited collection examines a highly visible and impactful religious figure with the intent of bringing him into conversation with one of the defining issues of the early 21st Century.


Editor: Geoffrey Karabin is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Neumann University, Pennsylvania, USA


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