- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199391289
- ISBN-13: 978-0199391288
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Moralizing of a particular religious stripe seems indelibly attached to some of the most dire public health issues of our time. [...] What After the Wrath does is demonstrate how and why this moralizing has wiggled into even our most enlightened and progressive health policies. Behavior judgments-particularly of sexual behavior-continue to shape public policy but Petro provides us with a useful tool for identifying those judgments, and parsing their meaning." -- The Revealer
"After the Wrath of God is a subtle, discerning analysis of religious responses to AIDS that goes far beyond the usual attention to the Christian Right. Petro brings ecumenical Protestants, Roman Catholics, biomedical officials, and ACT UP protestors into view alongside their evangelical compatriots and in doing so creates a richly polychromatic picture of American religion, sexuality, and moral debate in the wake of the AIDS epidemic." --Leigh Eric Schmidt, Edward C. Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
"The AIDS crisis was not an epoch that we survived. It is a battle that we are still fighting. In this remarkable work of historical intervention Anthony Petro explores the extraordinary religious ferment that accompanied the emergence of AIDS in the United States. Petro shows that when Americans talk about AIDS they are rarely just talking about a scientific problem or a pharmaceutical solution. They are instead offering a sociology of suffering and a plan for spiritual warfare. After the Wrath of God is required reading for anyone interested in the way this powerful religious past will shape our political future." --Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity; Chair, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
"Anthony Petro's novel account of the role of American Christianity in the AIDS crisis moves beyond expected narratives of the rise of the right to encompass a diversity of religious responses across the 'long 1980s.' Illuminating and important." --Margot Canaday, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University
"With clear prose that is free of theoretical jargon, this account is a suitable purchase for public and academic libraries..." --Library Journal
"Provides a new perspective on US religious history during a time of considerable shifts in US politics. This will be a valuable book for those interested in history and sexuality studies as well as religious studies. It may also be useful to those in public health and medicine. Highly recommended." --Choice
"[An] excellent book." --The Guardian
"Petro is an heir to the historical perspective of Michel Foucault in showing how social changes that may appear liberatory or progressive often involve the consolidation of more conservative and normative values and constraints. After the Wrath of God will benefit both readers who think they already know this history because they lived it and readers who have always lived under the shadow of HIV/AIDS and never known a world without it." --Elizabeth A. Castelli, e-misférica: Performance and Politics in the Americas
About the Author
Anthony Petro is Assistant Professor of Religion at Boston University.