A Black Pentecostal engagement of COVID-19, science, and race points towards a rapport between the Spirit-empowered Movement and health sciences where religious and secular (science) actors are respected agents in the public arena with each offering valuable perspectives and resources to pivotal conversations about public health in this case. In this article, it is argued that the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) represented in the episcopal letters of Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., the presiding bishop of COGIC from 2007 to 2021, demonstrate a religious perspective that possesses a critical perspective on engaging health science during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through his establishment of a COVID-19 taskforce of physicians and clergy, Bishop Blake has published episcopal statements on the pandemic that advanced public health by promoting scientifically-informed and medically sound measures that are consistent with Scripture and COGIC theology.
"COVID-19, Science, and Race: A Black Pentecostal Engagement,"
Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology: Vol. 6
, Article 11.
Available at: https://digitalshowcase.oru.edu/spiritus/vol6/iss1/11
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