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After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion

Anthony M. Petro


This book demonstrates how Christian leaders and AIDS activists in the United States have posited HIV/AIDS as a religious and moral epidemic and asks how this understanding has informed cultural and political debates about prevention, healthcare, and sex education all over the world. Drawing upon archival research, oral histories, and textual analysis, this book maps the moral language regarding sexuality–and especially homosexuality–through which evangelicals, mainline Protestants, Catholic leaders, and gay and lesbian AIDS activists made sense of and responded to the epidemic. Moving beyond ... More

Keywords: American Christianity, HIV/AIDS, sexuality, Catholic history, Protestant history, gay and lesbian studies, citizenship, public health, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199391288
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony M. Petro, author
Assistant Professor of Religion, Boston University, Boston, MA