THEOLOGY OF AIDS: A LUTHERAN/MORAVIAN CASE STUDY

Klaus Nürnberger

Abstract


This essay offers a critical introduction to the Lutheran/Moravian programme to
combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic, drafted in March 2000, which has not been
exposed to public debate as yet. It includes deep going theological reflection as well
as a concrete plan of action: The law of God formulates the preconditions for a
healthy human existence as revealed by observation and reason, rather than an
authoritarian code of conduct. The gospel of Christ, understood as God’s suffering,
transforming acceptance of the unacceptable makes us ready to bear the cross with
those who are infected and affected. The prophetic ministry has to focus on exposing
and overcoming the hedonistic assumption of the modern commercial culture. The
plan of action focuses on the establishment of AIDS Committees in each parish,
which spread information, identify cases, and establish a local AIDS Support Group
for each patient, based on the extended family and a caring community. Unwieldy
and expensive bureaucracies are discouraged.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/81-0-745

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