Thursday, September 17, 2020

Christianity, Science, and the Coronavirus

by Robert C. Frank

The special coronavirus, Covid-19, that is spreading around the world is producing an enormous amount of anxiety, and many people are dying. It appears that Christianity and science will both be needed to bring the virus under control. Christianity provides the compassion, teamwork, and discipline that are needed, and science provides the technological tools required for medical applications. Science has taught us that Covid-19 will disappear when we love each other enough to wear masks and create social distances. That requires discipline.

Today, Christian church congregations have spread over the entire earth and have become the largest network of mutual trust in the world. During his life, Jesus Christ was a servant leader who taught his followers how to be servant leaders. Today to continue social distancing, Christian churches around the world teach people about Jesus using a method called “streaming” that was invented by science and where members remain in their homes and receive the messages on their computers.

The former American President and his followers taught people to look out for themselves first. However, the international attack of Covid-19 has helped us understand that the best defense against the disease requires a combination of Christianity, science and teamwork. If we are going to create better lives for all people then it will be necessary to focus our attention on this combination. The book Christ’s Team: A 21st Century View of Christianity is designed for that purpose. While the book was written long before the Covid-19 attack, it provides tools that strengthen civilization on earth and help people work together.