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.
The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernityby Manuel A. Vasquez
Pub. Date: 11/27/2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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. Focussing on a Brazilian community, Manuel V'asquez's incisive book examines the fate of progressive Catholicism amidst changes in the Vatican and in the economy, and a wider crisis of modernity and humanistic thought.
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