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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 likely ever-expanding predicament. The minister's phrases and activities have been met with a status ovation from the overflowing viewers, yet he couldn't linger to take pleasure in their applause. Having acquired threats just before 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 non secular historical past of AIDS in the US. Delving into the tradition wars over intercourse, morality, and the way forward for the yank country, he demonstrates how spiritual leaders and AIDS activists have formed debates over sexual morality and public overall healthiness from the Eighties to the current day. whereas such a lot realization to faith and AIDS foregrounds the function 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 challenge 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 private issues yet to anxieties in regards to the healthiness of the country. He unearths how the epidemic elevated efforts to enhance an ethical schedule in regards to the health and wellbeing advantages of abstinence and monogamy, a legacy glimpsed as a lot within the traction won through abstinence schooling campaigns as within the more moderen cultural buy of homosexual marriage.

The first booklet to element the heritage of faith and the AIDS epidemic within the united states, After the Wrath of God is vital interpreting for a person involved in the intersection of faith and public health.

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