By Anthony M. Petro

On a chilly February morning in 1987, amidst freezing rain and riding winds, a gaggle of protesters stood outdoor of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Amherst, Massachusetts. the objective in their protest used to be the minister within, who was once handing out condoms to his congregation whereas providing a sermon approximately AIDS, dramatizing the necessity for the church to confront the probably ever-expanding main issue. The minister's phrases and activities have been met with a status ovation from the overflowing viewers, yet he couldn't linger to get pleasure from their applause. Having bought threats earlier than the provider, he dashed out of the sanctuary instantly upon completing his sermon. Such used to be the weather for non secular AIDS activism within the 1980s.

In After the Wrath of God, Anthony Petro vividly narrates the non secular background of AIDS in the United States. Delving into the tradition wars over intercourse, morality, and the way forward for the yankee country, he demonstrates how spiritual leaders and AIDS activists have formed debates over sexual morality and public well-being from the Nineteen Eighties to the current day. whereas such a lot realization to faith and AIDS foregrounds the function of the spiritual correct, Petro takes a much wider view, encompassing the diversity of mainline Protestant, evangelical, and Catholic groups--alongside AIDS activist organizations--that formed public discussions of AIDS prevention and care within the U.S. Petro analyzes how the AIDS main issue triggered American Christians throughout denominations and political persuasions to talk publicly approximately sexuality--especially homosexuality--and to foster an ethical discourse on intercourse that spoke not just to private matters yet to anxieties in regards to the well-being of the state. He unearths how the epidemic elevated efforts to strengthen an ethical time table concerning the health and wellbeing merits of abstinence and monogamy, a legacy glimpsed as a lot within the traction received by way of abstinence schooling campaigns as within the newer cultural buy of homosexual marriage.

The first ebook to aspect the heritage of faith and the AIDS epidemic within the united states, After the Wrath of God is vital interpreting for an individual thinking about the intersection of faith and public health.

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