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By Paul Freston

In Latin the US, evangelical Protestantism poses an expanding problem to Catholicism's original non secular hegemony. even as, the sector is one of the most widely democratic outdoor the West, regardless of frequently being classified as 'underdeveloped.' students disagree no matter if Latin American Protestantism, as a fast-growing and predominantly lower-class phenomenon, will inspire a political tradition that's repressive and authoritarian, or if it is going to have democratizing results. Drawing from a number of assets, Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America offers case experiences of 5 international locations: Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. The participants, quite often students dependent in Latin the United States, carry first hand-knowledge to their chapters. the result's a groundbreaking paintings that explores the connection among Latin American evangelicalism and politics, its affects, manifestations, and clients for the future.

Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America is one in every of 4 volumes within the sequence Evangelical Christianity and Democracy within the worldwide South, which seeks to reply to the query: What occurs whilst a revivalist faith in response to scriptural orthodoxy participates within the risky politics of the 3rd international? At a time whilst the global-political influence of one other revivalist and scriptural faith - Islam - fuels vexed debate between analysts across the world, those volumes supply an strange comparative viewpoint on a serious factor: the usually flamable interplay of resurgent faith and the constructing world's volatile politics.

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Some countries in recent decades have seen the suffrage extended to illiterates, and migration to the cities has made its exercise less dependent on rural bosses. Latin American Protestant politics is therefore a phenomenon of democratization, not just in the sense of regular ballots but also freer electorates and fairer elections. Whether it is also a phenomenon for democratization is the main query behind the case studies in this book; but it has certainly played a role in incorporating grassroots sectors into the democratic process and providing a significant route for individuals of lower social origin or marginalized communities to achieve political visibility.

Different electoral systems combined with social prejudice have affected the chances of evangelical presence in parliaments: In the legislature elected in 2002, Brazil had over sixty evangelical members of congress, whereas Chile, with a similar percentage of evangelicals in the population, has none. In some countries there is still effective discrimination at certain social levels against Protestants as individuals, as well as legal discrimination against their churches. Although official separation of church and state, effectuated in some countries in the nineteenth century and in others only in the 1990s, is now almost universal in the region (only Bolivia, Argentina, and Costa Rica still have an official religion), there are several countries where Protestant churches do not enjoy the same legal rights as the Catholic Church.

Recruiting among those disillusioned with Vatican II reforms, charismatic groups arrived from the United States, among them the Church of the Word, which soon recruited future president Efrain Rı´os Montt. The model was copied by members of the Guatemalan elite, such as the founder of El Shaddai, from which was to spring another future president, Jorge Serrano. Both Rı´os Montt and Serrano were politicians before conversion to charismatic churches.

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