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"What Vásquez has to say offers a good guide to a rethinking of liberation theology." Books & Culture
"Vásquez's excellent work...pays close attention to the larger context: theological and ideological, political and economic. he thoughtfully and powerfully engages the vast literature of the basse community movement. His nuanced study attends to the various internal and external factors that have contributed to the decline of the popular church. He succeeds in demonstrating the overwhelming capacity of late capitalism, especially as it is manifested in Brazil, to obstruct and challenge utopian, emancipatory projects." Koinonia
"Throughout this work the author clearly articulates his thoretical and methodological presuppositions...this is a well-written, valuable study." Dana Sawchuk, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
"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
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.