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Rethinking God’s Omnibenevolence and Omnipotence in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An African Perspective

Joyline Gwara
L. Uchenna Ogbonnaya


The reality and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic question God’s omnibenevolence and omnipotence. Two questions that stare us in the face are a) is  God omnibenevolent given the current reality? b) is God omnipotent? This paper addresses these questions from the African place using the African  theory of duality and its underlying logic, Ezumezu. We argue that the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and its adverse effects (such as death, hardship  and social isolation) do not negate God’s benevolence and powerfulness. We assert that while the current reality cannot sustain a defence of the  traditional theistic qualities of omnipotence and omnibenevolence, the notions of a powerful and benevolent God are not necessarily undermined by the  reality of Covid-19. In the light of the African theory of duality and Ezumezu logic, we contend that the COVID-19 pandemic brings out the argument that  inherent in God’s benevolence is wickedness and inherent in God’s powerfulness is weakness.