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Young people today are both likely to bear the brunt of the long-term problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and face other kinds of outbreaks or pandemics in the future. In that kind of unprecedented situation, the world offers us hope to recover from today’s pandemic and to prevent other outbreaks or pandemics in the future. This study will focus on a theological reflection on hope concerning pandemic threats offered in popular culture. Specifically, this study will explore how the theological reflection on the concept of hope in Netflix’s Pandemic docuseries could help young people to live with an embodied hope in a pandemic threat. We argue that although the Pandemic offers hope to the audience by showing that humans can “repair” the current condition of the outbreaks and prevent the occurrence of the following global outbreak, the vision of hope portrayed in the docuseries falls into “pseudo-eschatological vision” category because it focuses on the ability of the human to bring about the hope into reality. In this study, we offer embodied hope as the theological vision of hope that offers the ultimate hope for young people.

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This page is a summary of: Young People’s Embodied Hope in Pandemic Threats, Journal of Youth and Theology, May 2022, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/24055093-bja10032.
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