I’m not sure who needs to hear this but it is possible to have a deeply Christian faith and believe this compels you to put the needs of others ahead of your own, to not grasp for power or “freedom”, to not put others in danger during a global plague, to love the vulnerable

1/ “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” — Phil 2:3-4
2/ “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges” — Phil 2:5-7
3/ “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a another…So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding” — Romans 14:13,19
4/ “Love your neighbor as yourself”- Mark 12:31
And yes, 🙂 I am a person of christian faith (Anglican tradition, only tradition that would have me, with all my ranting about child health & child poverty) AND I am intensely into science, epidemiology, and statistical modelling. Hello! I’m only a paradox to simple frameworks

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