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Yes—James Ball

The last 12 months have seen fear and upheaval on a scale most of us never imagined. A deadly virus has crossed continents and infected tens of millions. The economy has crashed on a scale to make 2008 look like small fry. And a government with libertarian tendencies has imposed lockdowns that would usually cause a public uprising.

There are endless examples from history of what to expect in such times: from the Black Death to the Spanish flu, both interpretation and response were coloured by faith. In our own time, the bleakest scenarios, involving the…

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