Richard A. Davis is a Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the Pacific Theological College in Suva, Fiji. In his research and teaching he focuses on contextual theology, social ethics, and political theology. His recent writings include essays and articles on domestic violence, post-colonial political theology and Pacific theology.
Socially, economically, and politically the time of COVID-19 in the Pacific has been a mixed one. In one way it has been apocalyptic (literally an “uncovering” or “unmasking”); truths about the region’s true political economy can no longer be denied. On the other hand, the COVID-19 era has provided opportunities for governments to “mask” and cover up inconvenient truths of the region.