• God and Pandemics: The Impact of “Pestilences” on Christian Believers in General and, in Particular, on Seventh-day Adventists

    Author(s):
    Reinder Bruinsma
    Editor(s):
    Tom de Bruin (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Spes Christiana (journal)
    Subject(s):
    COVID-19 Pandemic (2020-), Eschatology, Seventh-Day Adventists
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/q228-7r14
    Abstract:
    This article analyses the religious impact of a number of past pandemics. After providing a brief survey of major epidemics and pandemics in history—from the fifth century BC Plague of Athens to the Covid-19 pandemic that broke out in 2020—the religious impact of a few of these health disasters is examined: The Black Death of the fourteenth century, the Influenza of 1918-1920, the more recent HIV/AIDS pandemic and the current Corona (Covid-19) pandemic. Special attention is given to the Seventh-day Adventist response to the last three of these pandemics. The available data indicate that, perhaps contrary to expectations, the eschatological aspect of these pandemics, as “pestilences” that were signs of Christ’s imminent coming, was not the dominant element in the Adventist response. Looking at some of the conspiracy theories that accompany the Covid-19 crisis, it is found that at least some Adventists are also susceptible to such theories.
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    Status:
    Scheduled
    Last Updated:
    3 weeks ago
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