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