Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Pennisi , Elizabeth (23 August 2011), Does Religion Influence Epidemics?, AAAS Science, Retrieved on 2011-08-28
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    28 AUG 2011

     Religion Influences Responses to Epidemics

    The Christian tradition, set by the example of Jesus as a healer, stands out, Hughes says. Helping the sick was one way to ensure a trip to Heaven, so risking death from a disease's spread was encouraged. Other religions did not promote such extreme altruism. Islamic teachings basically disavowed the existence of contagious disease, despite some Arabic scholars thinking otherwise at the time. Thus Muslims believed there was no sense in trying to avoid sick people, and the emphasis was on cari...
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    A person's religion may prompt them to overcome their survival imperative and assist the contagiously ill, while people moving into cities are drawn into religion for the support group it provides.