Original Research: Historical Thought and Source Interpretation

COVID-19 and two sides of the coin of religiosity

Sergei V. Kolganov, Balachandran Vadivel, Mark Treve, Dono Kalandarova, Natalia V. Fedorova
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 78, No 4 | a7681 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v78i4.7681 | © 2022 Sergei V. Kolganov, Balachandran Vadivel, Mark Treve, Dono Kalandarova, Natalia V. Fedorova | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 April 2022 | Published: 19 August 2022

About the author(s)

Sergei V. Kolganov, Faculty of Social Science, Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University), Moscow, Russian Federation
Balachandran Vadivel, Department of English, Cihan University - Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Mark Treve, Faculty of General Education, Walailak University, Walailak, Thailand
Dono Kalandarova, Faculty of Innovations and Training, International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Natalia V. Fedorova, Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Don State Technical University, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) first appeared in China in late 2019 and since then it has become a pandemic. Various countries, in accordance with their cultures, have adopted different approaches to deal with the spread of this disease. The dimensions of this disease and its global spread are such that it will certainly have enormous effects on various aspects of human life for many years. One of these issues is examining the approach of religious countries in dealing with this crisis. The issue of science and religion is one of the main issues in the philosophy of religion. A historical event that human society is struggling with today is the COVID-19 crisis. The issues of religion and science were intertwined during the COVID-19 outbreak, contrary to what some thought. This shows that the opposition between religion and science is not real but aims to attack religion without a valid reason. Given the importance of the subject, this article addresses two aspects of people’s exposure to religion during the COVID-19 period. On the one hand, the researchers’ field observations indicate that group of citizens has turned towards religious teachings since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. On the other hand, another group of citizens have distanced themselves from religiosity, raising the duality of science and religion.

Contribution: This article describes the dual attitude of citizens towards religiosity due to the occurrence of COVID-19, which has not been previously considered in research.


COVID-19; divine religions; religiosity; religion; science


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