Christian Responses to Pandemics in Historical Perspective
As a Christian, you want to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. But how can you take a step back and reflect on our current challenges with a longer view? You have a powerful resource at your disposal: Christians who encountered similar crises throughout history.
Join expert historian Karin Maag to explore Christian contributions to public health across many eras. In this course, you will gain practical insight by observing how past Christian leaders and lay people confronted epidemics like polio, the 1918 flu, and the bubonic plague. You’ll see how Christians in the past handled the theological and public health challenges we face again today. You'll examine their successes and failures.
There is no set meeting time for this course. You will have opportunities for live collaboration with the professor and other students. If you choose to audit the course, plan to spend 10-14 hours over the course of three weeks reading, writing, watching videos, and having discussions. You won't be graded. If you are taking the course for academic credit, expect an additional 20 hours of course work. Credit-seekers are awarded a credit on a completed/not-completed basis without a letter grade.
Karin Maag is the Director of the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, one of the world's foremost collections of works on or by John Calvin. She has directed the Center since 1997.
Outside of work, Professor Maag enjoys bike riding, baking, reading historical fiction, and choral singing.