A Virocentric Perspective on Evil

The coronavirus pandemic has stirred interest in viruses. This has been accompanied by a proliferation of popular works trying to explain how viruses fit into the Christian worldview. In an anthropocentric perspective, viruses are easily regarded as malicious entities. This article, however, shows that a proper understanding of the biology of viruses actually adds another level of complexity to our perception of good and evil. Interestingly, this additional layer of complexity might help us solve some of the most urgent difficulties in the discussion about good and evil, if we recognize the subjective nature of what we call natural evil. We need to be more nuanced not merely in our theological discussion about good and evil, but also in the way we talk about viruses.

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Person: Schilling, Mirjam [Author]
Format: eArticle
Language(s):English
Publication:[2021]
Part of:Zygon 56(2021), 1, Seite 19-33
Subjects:COVID-19
Ebola
HIV
Influenza A
SARS-CoV-2
evil
pandemic
sin
the only way argument
virus
Viren > Pandemie > Naturkatastrophe > Das Böse > Christliche Ethik
ISSN:1467-9744
DOI:10.1111/zygo.12669