After Pestilence: An Interreligious Theology of the Poor
Mario I. Aguilar
SCM Press, 2021, ix + 196 pp. £25
This is a post-pandemic book: meditative in style, it builds upon and from the author’s lockdown experience in 2020 in Chile. As flights are cancelled and borders close, Mario Aguilar, who is the director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics at the University of St Andrews and, as he tells us, an asthmatic, hunkers down in his flat in Santiago. Alone except for his companion budgies, Aguilar returns again and again to the commitments of the first generation of Latin American liberation theologians and connects this perspective to the sudden requirement for persons to avoid each other. Although Aguilar does not put the matter this way, perhaps the question here is whether this Covid-mandated separation is a new yet strange form of solidarity?