Church leader's Interpretation of COVID-19 in Nigeria: Science, Conspiracies, and Spiritualization.

The need for governments across the globe to collaborate with religious leaders in the fight against COVID-19 has been emphasized by international organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO). However, there has not been much discernible scholarly effort to know what religious leaders think of COVID-19. The present study, therefore, explored the interpretations church leaders have about COVID-19 in Nigeria. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eighteen leaders from Catholic, Anglican and Pentecostal churches in Nigeria. Using a thematic analytical approach, the study found that only few church leaders interpreted COVID-19 as a medical problem in line with science (33%). The rest interpreted the virus as a tool of conspiracies/political manoeuvrings (27%) and as a spiritual event (39%). The study discussed the implications of the findings for policy and research as well as how to address some of the harmful interpretations.
Date: 14 Nov 2023
DOI: 10.1007/s10943-023-01947-9
Journal: Journal of religion and health
Pubmed ID: 37964055
ML/Curated Information
Viruses: SARS-CoV-2
Article Type(s): Research
Topics: Misinformation