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Title: The Doctrine of Retribution and Religious Responses to the HIV and AIDS Pandemic
Authors: Anniegrace Mapangisana Hlatywayo
Sophia Chirongoma
Midlands State University, Zimbabwe; Academic Associate/Research Fellow: Research Institute for Theology and Religion (RITR) in the College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA)
Midlands State University, Zimbabwe; Academic Associate/Research Fellow: Research Institute for Theology and Religion (RITR), College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA)
Keywords: doctrine of retribution
gender and sexuality
HIV and AIDS
theological response
wisdom in revolt
Issue Date: 2024
Publisher: Africa Journals
Abstract: Despite many decades of interfacing with the HIV and AIDS pandemic, religious responses to the plight of the affected and infected still border on the doctrine of retribution. Some religious leaders, particularly from the Christian perspective, are still preaching about the intersection between infection and promiscuity in relation to the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Such a message from the pulpit overlooks people born with HIV infection and partners, more particularly women in long term permanent relationships including marriage, who are unknowingly infected with HIV. Additionally, religious doctrines and religious moral positions embody perceptions that regard the infected as deserving due punishment for their sins. Using desktop research and drawing from the Job narrative, our article seeks to explore the influence of religion on HIV and AIDS. It acknowledges the ambivalent interface between sexuality, gender and HIV and AIDS, taking into account how such interwoven issues affect health seeking behavior of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA). Espousing the Job narrative as wisdom in revolt, the article acknowledges the complexity of HIV infection and negates the doctrine of retribution. It concludes by proffering an alternative, holistic and sensitive theological response in the face of the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
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