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How COVID-19 changes Christianity

  • Silvester Asa

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 9 2020   /  01:23 am

Just like culture, religion is dynamic, allowing it to encounter and intermingle with another, and in turn it may even produce a certain hybridity.

In Sacred Scents in Early Christian and Islam, Mary Thurlkill shows, for example, how scent influenced people’s mind-sets and lifestyles. Furthermore, scent crept into the religious sphere and fashioned religious worship. Interestingly, according to Thurlkill, the use of incense in Christian worship became widespread only after the Edict of Milan in 313, when Christianity was made the religion of the Roman Empire. Before that period, incensing was deemed a “pagan” practice and thus had no place in Christian worship.

We may remember an incident during the Synod on the Amazon from Oct. 6 to 27, 2019. Two men entered the church of Santa Maria in Transpontina, snatched the carved wooden images used during the synod, and threw ...