Evangelical Christianity And Democracy In Latin America

Paperback | March 19, 2008

byPaul Freston

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This is one of four projected volumes to emerge from a massive, Pew-funded study that sought to answer the question: What happens when a revivalist religion based on scriptural orthodoxy participates in the volatile politics of the Third World? Is the result a democratic politics of the ballotbox, or is it more like an authoritarian politics of command from on high? Does the evangelical faith of the Bible hinder or promote a politics of the ballot box? At a time when the global-political impact of another revivalist and scriptural religion, Islam, fuels vexed debate among analysts theworld over, these volumes offer an unusual comparative perspective on a critical issue: the often combustible interaction of resurgent religion and the developing world's unstable politics. The present volume considers the case of Latin America, where evangelical Protestantism is increasinglychallenging the historical Catholic hegemony in the religious sphere.

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This is one of four projected volumes to emerge from a massive, Pew-funded study that sought to answer the question: What happens when a revivalist religion based on scriptural orthodoxy participates in the volatile politics of the Third World? Is the result a democratic politics of the ballotbox, or is it more like an authoritarian po...

Paul Freston is a Professor of Sociology at Calvin College, and is the author of Evangelicals and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America

other books by Paul Freston

The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America
The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 19, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195308037

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"This book offers a nuanced analysis of one of the most important newer actors on the Latin American political stage -- evangelical Protestantism. Freston and company illuminate the often complex connections between democracy and rapidly expanding Protestantism in the region. National casestudies complemented by discussion of regional trends provide a clear picture of a significant part of Latin America's increasingly pluralist religious and political landscapes." --R. Andrew Chesnut, author of Competitive Spirits: Latin America's New Religious Economy