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Disaster, Divine Judgment, and Original Sin: Christian Interpretations of Tropical Cyclone Winston and Climate Change in Fiji

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Title:Disaster, Divine Judgment, and Original Sin: Christian Interpretations of Tropical Cyclone Winston and Climate Change in Fiji
Authors:Cox, John
Finau, Glen
Kant, Romitesh
Tarai, Jope
Titifanue, Jason
Keywords:climate change
Christianity
natural disasters
Fiji
paradise
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals
Date Issued:2018
Publisher:University of Hawai‘i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:Cox, J, Finau, G, Kant, R, Tarai, J, and Titifanue, J. 2018. Disaster, Divine Judgment, and Original Sin: Christian Interpretations of Tropical Cyclone Winston and Climate Change in Fiji. The Contemporary Pacific 30 (2): 380–411.
Abstract:Paradise in the Pacific is often rendered as a natural state where “native” people live in simple harmony without the need for government or state institutions. However, Christian traditions also include paradise not simply as a state of inno- cence but also as a narrative of salvation history in which paradise is lost through original sin and must be restored through sacrifice and repentance. This article takes recent Fijian Christian interpretations of Tropical Cyclone Winston as a key site in which contested ideologies of Paradise are being reworked. As the idyll of island harmony is disrupted by disaster, Christians have seen Winston as an act of divine judgment and punishment on a sinful people. This essay analyzes how narratives of a sinful nation intersect with contemporary formulations of climate change, disaster, politics, and human agency.
Pages/Duration:32 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/64959
ISSN:1043-898X
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2018 - Volume 30, Number 2


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