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By Anthony M. Petro

On a chilly February morning in 1987, amidst freezing rain and using winds, a gaggle of protesters stood outdoor of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Amherst, Massachusetts. the objective in their protest was once the minister inside of, 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 hindrance. 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 prior to the provider, he dashed out of the sanctuary instantly upon completing his sermon. Such was once the weather for non secular AIDS activism within the 1980s.

In After the Wrath of God, Anthony Petro vividly narrates the spiritual heritage of AIDS in the United States. Delving into the tradition wars over intercourse, morality, and the way forward for the yankee kingdom, he demonstrates how non secular leaders and AIDS activists have formed debates over sexual morality and public health and wellbeing from the Nineteen Eighties to the current day. whereas such a lot recognition to faith and AIDS foregrounds the position of the non secular correct, Petro takes a much wider view, encompassing the variety 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 trouble caused 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 non-public issues yet to anxieties concerning the future health of the state. He unearths how the epidemic elevated efforts to strengthen an ethical schedule in regards to the well-being merits of abstinence and monogamy, a legacy glimpsed as a lot within the traction won through abstinence schooling campaigns as within the newer cultural buy of homosexual marriage.

The first e-book to element the heritage of faith and the AIDS epidemic within the united states, After the Wrath of God is key studying for an individual inquisitive about the intersection of faith and public health.

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