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Covid-19 and the Apocalypse: Religious and Secular Perspectives

Dein, S; (2021) Covid-19 and the Apocalypse: Religious and Secular Perspectives. Journal of Religion and Health , 60 pp. 5-15. 10.1007/s10943-020-01100-w. Green open access

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Abstract

The current Covid-19 pandemic has led to existential crises. One way of finding meaning in this is through apocalyptic narratives. We differentiate between religious (based upon eschatology) and secular apocalypticism (based upon radical political and economic change) and argue that both are to be found in the wake of Covid-19 infection. For religious believers, the apocalypse signifies the rapture of the faithful into heaven while those on earth will undergo the tribulations. For secular believers, the apocalypse signifies sociopolitical change. The paper ends by speculating upon the socio-political and economic changes during and after the pandemic- the New Jerusalem.

Type: Article
Title: Covid-19 and the Apocalypse: Religious and Secular Perspectives
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10943-020-01100-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-020-01100-w
Language: English
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Keywords: Apocalypse religious, Secular, Covid
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124252
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