By Anthony M. Petro

On a chilly February morning in 1987, amidst freezing rain and riding winds, a gaggle of protesters stood open air of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Amherst, Massachusetts. the objective in their protest used to be the minister inside of, who was once handing out condoms to his congregation whereas supplying a sermon approximately AIDS, dramatizing the necessity for the church to confront the likely ever-expanding quandary. 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 previous to the carrier, he dashed out of the sanctuary instantly upon completing his sermon. Such used to be the weather for spiritual AIDS activism within the 1980s.

In After the Wrath of God, Anthony Petro vividly narrates the spiritual historical past of AIDS in the USA. Delving into the tradition wars over intercourse, morality, and the way forward for the yankee country, he demonstrates how non secular 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 recognition to faith and AIDS foregrounds the function of the spiritual correct, Petro takes a 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 predicament 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 non-public matters yet to anxieties in regards to the overall healthiness of the kingdom. He finds how the epidemic elevated efforts to develop an ethical time table in regards to the healthiness merits of abstinence and monogamy, a legacy glimpsed as a lot within the traction received through abstinence schooling campaigns as within the more moderen cultural buy of homosexual marriage.

The first e-book to aspect the background of faith and the AIDS epidemic within the united states, After the Wrath of God is key examining for a person eager about the intersection of faith and public health.

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