Christianity in Latin America A History

ISBN-10: 0521681928
ISBN-13: 9780521681926
Edition: 2007
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Christianity has had an undeniable impact on Latin America, which has in turn transformed Christianity itself. Focusing on this mutually constitutive relationship, Christianity in Latin America presents the important encounters between people, ideas, and events of this large, heterogeneous subject. This book offers an accessible and engaging review of the history of Christianity in Latin America with a widely ecumenical focus to foster understanding of the various forces shaping both Christianity and the region.

Justo L. Gonz�lez has taught historical theology at various institutions, including Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and Columbia Theological Seminary. For the past thirty years, he has developed programs for the theological education of Hispanics. His numerous books on church history have been translated into several languages and are widely used throughout the world.

Justo L. Gonz�lez, a retired member of the R�o Grande Conference of the United Methodist Church, went to college and seminary in Cuba before receiving postgraduate degrees from Yale University. He taught at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. He played a key part in the founding of the Asociaci�n para la Educaci�n Teol�gica Hispana and of the Hispanic Summer Program. He was also the first executive director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative. Justo has published more than one hundred books, as well as hundreds of articles, and edited the journal Apuntes for twenty years.

Preface
Introduction
The New World and the Old
An Old World Religion in a New World
The Two Faces of the Church in Latin America
Religion in Daily Life
Popular and Official Religion
The Main Turning Points
Looking at History out of Both the Present and the Future
Foundations
The Aztecs
The Incas
The Spaniards
The Encounter
The Africans
Conclusion
The Arrival of Christianity
Theological and Intellectual Struggles
Efforts at Conversion
The Friars
Faith in the Americas
Continuation of Old Ways
Conclusion
The Shaping of the Faith
The Institutional Church
Religious Orders
Social Control
Religion in Society
The Road Less Traveled
Crypto-Judaism
Conclusion
Reform Movements
Push into the Borderlands
Forces in Europe
Expulsion of the Jesuits
Alter the Influence
Rise of Liberalism
Brazil
Edges of Life
Conclusion
The Church in Turmoil
Successful Separation
Struggles with Rome
Caudillos
Plowing New Fields versus Preserving Old Ones
Viva Cristo Rey!
The Place of Women
Slave Life
Unique Styles
Conclusion
The Church's New Place
Rapid Changes
Off Center Stage
Source of Strength
Call to Action
Private Catholicism
The Forgotten
New Faiths
Conclusion
Protestant Immigration
Antecedents
New Political and Economic Factors
The First Protestant Immigrants
The Waldensians in Uruguay and Argentina
German Lutheran Immigration
North American Immigrants
The Mennonites
Conclusion
An Expanding Protestant Presence
The Beginnings
The Role of Bible Societies
Missions among the Original Inhabitants
Political Issues
Institutional Development
A Time of Unrest
Ecumenical Beginnings
Conclusion
Catholicism after Vatican II
Vatican II
Discussions on Poverty and Its Causes
Medellin
Base Ecclesial Communities
Liberation Theology
Political Polarization and Violence
Resistance and Opposition to Liberation Theology and the CEBs
The Piety of the People
Conclusion
Pentecostalism and Autochthonous Movements
Chile
Brazil
Mexico
The Charismatic Movement in Other Denominations
Heterodox or Questionable Movements
Conclusion
By Way of Conclusion
Final Overview
Challenges
Impact
Some Suggestions for further Reading
Sources Referenced
Index

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