America and Her Guns: A Theological Account of the Fear that Immobilizes a Country and a Path Forward with the Help of Public Health Ethics

Colvin, Sarah, Religious Studies - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Childress, James, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Flores, Nichole, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

This thesis will serve to examine our misconceptions and lack of knowledge about guns and gun violence in the United States. To understand why we as a country are in a political quagmire, a Christian theological account of the fear of death will be given. This understanding of how fear keeps us at polar extremes allows us then to navigate a way to make steps, even if small, with public health ethics as the discipline of choice in order to decrease the number of lives lost each year due to gun violence.

MA (Master of Arts)
public health ethics, theology of fear, guns, gun violence
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