Organized Religion in the Political Transformation of Latin America

Organized Religion in the Political Transformation of Latin America

by Satya R. Pattnayak
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761800409

ISBN-13: 9780761800408

Pub. Date: 10/03/1995

Publisher: UPA

This book discusses how the competitive environment of Latin America's social life has facilitated religious innovation in different regional and national settings. Pattnayak argues that organized religion has responded admirably to change and competition and will survive well in the period of increasing democratization of Latin America. In addition, the author

Overview

This book discusses how the competitive environment of Latin America's social life has facilitated religious innovation in different regional and national settings. Pattnayak argues that organized religion has responded admirably to change and competition and will survive well in the period of increasing democratization of Latin America. In addition, the author shows how religious change that focuses on community organization, mobilization, and education of the citizenry carries wider legitimacy than ordinary political strategies. Readers of this book will benefit from its wide coverage of the Catholic and the Protestant churches and its definitive statements about the political capability of religious communities. An excellent text for students in courses on religion and politics, social change, social movements, and state-society relations. University libraries, persons interested in church-state relations in Latin America, churches and parishes that have branches in Latin America, and professors and scholars of history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and religious studies will all benefit from this concise and definitive look at religion and politics in Latin America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761800408
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
10/03/1995
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Social Change, Political Competition, and Religious Innovation in Latin America: An Introduction Chapter 2 Religious Change, Empowerment and Power: Reflections on Latin American Experience Chapter 3 The Transformation of Catholic Social Thought in Latin America: Christian Democracy, Liberation Theology, and the New Catholic Right Chapter 4 The Chilean Church and the Transition to Democracy Chapter 5 From Theologies of Liberation to Theologies of Inculturation: Aymara Catechists and the Second Evangelization in Highlands Bolivia Chapter 6 Religious Competition in Contemporary Venezuela Chapter 7 Brazil: State Subsidization and the Church Since 1930 Chapter 8 Latin American Politics: Exit the Catholic Church? Chapter 9 The Embeddedness of Religion and Politics: An Epilogue Chapter 10 Appendix: The Institutional Capacity of the Catholic Church: An Evaluation; Select Bibliography Chapter 11 Contributors Chapter 12 Index

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