Coronavirus: The Great Disruption

Will religion post-Covid-19 be more personal, less communal?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of religious life, given its huge communal and collective dimensions.

Religious activities have been active contributors to the spread of the virus. Religion experienced the same fate as other worldly preoccupations like the economy - its communal aspects had to be shut down amid lockdowns, circuit breakers and the like.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2020, with the headline Will religion post-Covid-19 be more personal, less communal?. Subscribe