American Christians, Sexuality, and AIDS
Chapter One narrates the emergence of the AIDS epidemic in the United States with attention to the earliest prominent religious responses. It focuses on the history of Protestant Christian responses in the 1980s, including both liberal Protestant ministry work and evangelical AIDS activism. It asks what cultural and theological tropes Christians used to think and write about the epidemic, including in particular biblical ideas about sodomy and the wrath of God. This chapter explores how these forms of AIDS work evince specific understandings of disease and biomedicine, combining in different ways both medical knowledge and moral attitudes toward sexuality that have influenced public health discussions.
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