“Identifying Religious Modes of Discourse in Healthcare Policy Debates” by Ira Bedzow

Black Beach in Iceland by Job Savelsberg on Unsplash. Religious discourse in multicultural environments has enormous potential to enrich our larger society, especially in matters related to healthcare. It can allow religious communities to ensure that their values are both heard and considered. The introduction of different religious views also provides context and counterpoints in

“Constitutional Recognition of Religious Exemptions to Vaccination Requirements” by James G. Hodge

Picture on Pixabay. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Supreme Court has demonstrated its willingness to intervene on critical questions of legal preparedness and response. Along the way, through two Presidential administrations and major shifts in the Court’s members, it has systematically reshaped core constitutional norms during the deadliest infectious disease crisis the nation has

“Public Health, Public Trust, and Faith Communities” by Michael J. DeBoer

Photo by Pedro Lima on Unsplash. In a recently issued report, the RAND Corporation highlighted a dimension of the impact that the government response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had on trust. It noted that trust in the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declined significantly between May and

“Attention: Physical Presence for Court and the Catholic Church” by Matthew P. Cavedon

A virtual conference organized in partnership with Brigham Young University Law School, Emory University Law School, Notre Dame Law School, St. John’s University School of Law, and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. View the full video and browse all essays here. Section C. Legal and Religious Practice(s) (Michael Moreland, moderator) “Attention: Physical

“Holy Communion in the Church of England in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic” by Christopher Grout

Photo / James Coleman / Unsplash The coronavirus pandemic has had (and continues to have) worldwide implications. Quite apart from the tragic loss of life and the damage to economies, individuals have faced significant restrictions in their personal lives, which includes, but of course is not limited to, limitations on the extent to which they

“The Comfort and Discomfort of Meaninglessness: Christian Faith in the Time of Coronavirus” by Paul Dafydd Jones

Photo by ollivves on Pixabay Although the sudden emergence of a novel form of coronavirus might bring Martin Luther to mind, it is revealing that many apparently secular voices are thinking along lines laid down by the venerable John Calvin. Not in the sense that gloomy declarations of “total depravity” are making a comeback, no

“Is there a Right to Healthcare? Towards a Comprehensive Jewish Approach” by Jason Weiner

Image by Darko Stojanovic from Pixabay The question of the “right” to fair, universal and comprehensive healthcare has been circulating for quite a while, but rapid expansion of modern medical technology has transformed the question from a periodic issue into a perennial one. Controlling rising costs, determining priorities, and ensuring fair distribution and access to

“Human Rights and Christian Ethics: Finding Convergence in Response to Communicable Infections” by Israel Chukwuka Okunwaye

This article is part of our “Reflecting on COVID-19” series.If you’d like to check out other articles in this series, click here. In a 2016 article in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, George Annas developed four guiding principles, which he argued could helpfully chart a broad health and human rights response to the spread of