The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity by Manuel A. VasquezThe Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity by Manuel A. Vasquez

The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity

byManuel A. Vasquez

Paperback | November 27, 2008

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This study explores one of the most dramatic contemporary interactions between religion and politics: the development of progressive Catholicism in Latin America. From the late 1960s this religious movement sought to transform the church and society. In the 1980s, however, the popular appeal of liberation theology was threatened. Focusing on a Brazilian community, Manuel Vásquez' incisive book examines the fate of progressive Catholicism amid changes in the Vatican and in the economy, and a wider crisis of modernity and humanistic thought.
Title:The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of ModernityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:November 27, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521090865

ISBN - 13:9780521090865


Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. Background to the crisis: 1. The popular Church's utopian project: ideological and theological bases; 2. The consolidation of the Igreja Popular and its impact on Brazilian society; Part II. The nature of the crisis: 3. The internal dimension: a crisis of participation; 4. The external dimension: the growth of popular Pentecostalism; Part III. Explaining the crisis: 5. Intra-Institutional Explanations; 6. The crisis in local perspective: a Brazilian base community; 7. Brazilian capitalism since the 1980s: redefining the limits of the possible; Part IV. Reinterpreting the crisis: 8. The popular church and the crisis of modernity; 9. Rethinking the Popular Church's project: lessons for this-worldly religious utopias; Conclusion; references.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a useful and important project, and the author's consistent attention to it helps him to identify the ways in which local social action can satisfy needs, and resituate individuals in the context in which they live." Church History