Study examines relationship between concern about COVID-19 and belief in science and faith

A new study from Arizona State University has shown that people in the U.S. relied more on science than religion to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The research team assessed faith and science mindsets – how people perceived faith in God or scientific information – as the pandemic progressed. People who had a stronger science mindset were more concerned about COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic. Faith mindsets were not directly related to concern about the pandemic.

Story of jailed 17th-century Iberian “mulatto pilgrim” told in new book by John K. Moore Jr.

The book tells the story of a man jailed for impersonating a priest in 1693 Spain, when he was likely trying to escape racial persecution. It gives readers a fascinating look at a centuries-old legal case against a man on pilgrimage and shows how Iberians of black-African ancestry faced discrimination and mistreatment.