Corrupting Language

Diagnosing Definition During the Pandemic


  • Morgan Frick University of Alabama



Health, Sierra Lawson, Steven Ramey, Craig Martin, George Orwell, Definition, Karl Popper, World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, COVID, COVID-19, Daniel Callahan, Knowledge, Language, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Wellness, Spirituality


The problem of definition is a well-known concern for scholars of religion. Far from being a scholarly preoccupation, the issue has particular relevance in the health care profession. This article discusses how the dynamics of definition impact public policy and perceptions of health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also advocates for scholars to model critical reflexivity in their research on religion and health care, among other matters.

Author Biography

Morgan Frick, University of Alabama

Morgan Frick, Editorial Assistant, Religion in Culture MA Program, University of Alabama.


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How to Cite

Frick, M. (2021). Corrupting Language: Diagnosing Definition During the Pandemic. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 49(3-4), 37–41.



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