Theology and the arts: The Corona crisis

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John L. Bell


Seeking to offer more than just words of comfort in the face of suffering, this paper proposes three additional ways forward for theological reflection during the COVID-19 pandemic: (1) a rediscovery of the language of lament, drawing on the vocabularies of protest movements and the Psalms; (2) a theological critique of the pandemic built on reckoning with the reality of our finitude and the relationship between humanity and the earth; and (3) a re-imagination of the future employing the power of the arts and the imagination for this prophetic task.

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