Born Again in Brazil: The Pentecostal Boom and the Pathogens of Poverty / Edition 1

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"An exciting and provocative book! Without sensationalizing, Chesnut brings us to an understanding of the spiritual and emotional profundity of conversion."
--Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin

"An engaging case study of one of the most successful Pentecostal bodies in Latin America. Importantly, it focuses on what most Latin American Pentecostals do--personal healing." --David Stoll, author of Is Latin America Turning Protestant?

"For vivid insight, lively narrative, and persuasive use of life histories, this is a major piece of ethnography." --David Martin, University of London

A spiritual revolution is transforming the religious landscape of Latin America. Evangelical Protestantism, particularly Pentecostalism, has replaced Catholicism as the leading religion in thousands of barrios on the urban periphery. But in few Latin American nations have Protestants multiplied as rapidly as Brazil. What accounts for this rise?

Combining historical, political, and ethnographic research, R. Andrew Chesnut shows that the relationship between faith healing and illness in the conversion process is integral to the popularity of Pentecostalism among Brazil's poor. He augments his analysis of the economic and political factors with extensive interview material to capture his informants' conversion experience. In doing so, he presents both a historical framework for a broad understanding of Pentecostalism in Latin America and insight into the personal motivations and beliefs of the crentes themselves.

R. Andrew Chesnut is an assitant professor in the department of history at the Universit of Houston.

"Outstanding history of growth of Pentecostal churches in Belâem, Parâa, 1910-93, focuses on Assemblies of God. Based on church administrative documents and interviews with converts, work stresses experience of faith cures of socially and biologically 'sick' slum dwellers as major motive for conversions. Also discusses church leaders in politics. Superb first-person accounts of spiritual experience make this an excellent introduction to Latin American Pentecostalism for students"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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David Martin
David Martin , University of London
For vivid insight, lively narrative, and persuasive use of life histories, this is a major piece of ethnography...
David Stoll
An engaging case study of one of the most successful Pentecostal bodies in Latin American...
— (David Stoll, author of Is Latin America Turning Protestant?)
Virginia Garrard-Burnett
Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin.
An exciting and provocative book!...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813524061
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 1,314,669
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Spirit of Brazil
Introduction 3
1 A Prophetic History 25
Pt. II Exorcising the Demons of Poverty
2 The Preconversion World of Illness 51
3 Conversion: Crisis, Cure, and Affiliation 73
4 Health Maintenance: Spiritual Ecstasy and Mutual Aid 92
5 Health Maintenance through Ideology and Morality 108
Pt. III The Church as Institution
6 Authoritarian Assembly: Church Organization 129
7 From the Assembly of Saints to the Legislative Assembly: Pentecostal Politics in Para 145
Conclusion 167
Notes 175
References 183
Index 191
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