Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion: Progressive Catholicism in El Salvador's Civil War

Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion: Progressive Catholicism in El Salvador's Civil War

by Anna L. Peterson
     
 

By examining the ways that Catholic activists responded to political violence in El Salvador during the 1970s and 1980s, this book documents the beliefs and history of an important religious community, and explores the nature of religion's role in political ideology and mobilization.

Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion explores the ways that Salvadoran

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Overview

By examining the ways that Catholic activists responded to political violence in El Salvador during the 1970s and 1980s, this book documents the beliefs and history of an important religious community, and explores the nature of religion's role in political ideology and mobilization.

Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion explores the ways that Salvadoran Catholics sought to make sense of political violence in their country in the 1970s and 1980s by constructing a theological ethics that could both explain repression in religious terms and propose specific responses to violence. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, the book highlights the ways that progressive Catholicism offered a justification and tools for political resistance in the face of extraordinary destruction. Using the case of Catholicism in El Salvador, the book explores the nature of religious responses to social crisis and the ways that ordinary believers construct and strive to live by ethical systems. By highlighting the importance of theological belief, of narrative, and of religious rationality in political mobilization, it touches questions of general interest to readers concerned with the social role of religion and ethics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791431818
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Glossary of Spanish and Salvadoran Terms

Map of El Salvador

Methodology and Sources

1. Introduction

2. El Salvador

3. Progressive Catholicism in El Salvador

4. Sacrifice, History, and Ritual

5. The Martyrs

6. Reasons for Martyrdom

7. The Fruits of Martyrdom

8. Conclusions: Religion and Political Protest

Bibliography

Index

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