Christianity in Latin America: A History

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 12, 2007 - Religion
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From the arrival of the conquistadores in the fifteenth century to the spread of the Pentecostal movement today, Christianity has moulded, coerced, refashioned, and enriched Latin America. Likewise, Christianity has been changed, criticized, and renewed as it crossed the Atlantic. These changes now affect its practice and understanding, not only in South and Central America and the Caribbean, but also - through immigration and global communication - around the world. Focusing on this mutually constitutive relationship, Christianity in Latin America presents the important encounters between people, ideas, and events of this large, heterogeneous subject. In doing so, it takes readers on a fascinating journey of explorers, missionaries, farmers, mystics, charlatans, evangelists, dictators, and martyrs. 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.

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A quick yet thorough review of 500 years of the largely unfortunate, horrifying history of Christianity in Latin America. Engaging and well-written. I highly recommend it. Read full review


1 Foundations
2 The Arrival of Christianity
3 The Shaping of the Faith
4 Reform Movements
5 The Church in Turmoil
6 The Churchs New Place
7 Protestant Immigration
8 An Expanding Protestant Presence
9 Catholicism after Vatican II
10 Pentecostalism and Autochthonous Movements
11 By Way of Conclusion
Some Suggestions for Further Reading
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About the author (2007)

Ondina E. González is visiting professor at Agnes Scott College and Emory University. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Raising an Empire: Children in Early Modern Iberia and Colonial Latin America.

Justo L. González 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.

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