Sea la Luz: The Making of Mexican Protestantism in the American Southwest, 1829-1900

Overview

Mexican Protestantism was born in the encounter between Mexican Catholics and Anglo American Protestants, after the United States ventured into the Southwest and wrested territory from Mexico in the early nineteenth century. Sea la Luz tells the story of Mexican converts and the churches they developed through the records of Protestant missionaries.

Juan Francisco Martínez traces Protestant mission work among the Spanish-speaking of the Southwest throughout the nineteenth ...

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Overview

Mexican Protestantism was born in the encounter between Mexican Catholics and Anglo American Protestants, after the United States ventured into the Southwest and wrested territory from Mexico in the early nineteenth century. Sea la Luz tells the story of Mexican converts and the churches they developed through the records of Protestant missionaries.

Juan Francisco Martínez traces Protestant mission work among the Spanish-speaking of the Southwest throughout the nineteenth century. By 1900, about 150 Spanish-speaking Protestant churches with more than five thousand adult members existed in the region. They were rejected by their own people because they were Protestants, but Anglo American Protestants did not readily accept them either because they were Mexican. In spite of the pressures from both their own community and the larger society, they forged a new religious identity in the midst of conquest.

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What People Are Saying

Justo L. Gonzalez
Martínez has rendered an invaluable service to the history of the Southwest. (Justo L. Gonzalez, Professor of Church History, Emory University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574412222
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JUAN FRANCISCO MARTÍNEZ is Assistant Dean for the Hispanic Church Studies Department and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
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Table of Contents

1 "Planting the institutions of freedom" Protestant attitudes toward the conquest of the Southwest 6
2 "Unfit for the duties and privileges of citizens" Anglo American Protestant attitudes toward the Mexicans of the southwest 16
3 "Making good citizens out of the Mexicans" motivations for Protestant mission work among Mexican Americans 27
4 "Yet many do not declare themselves for fear" Protestant mission efforts prior to the Civil War 50
5 "Teaching them to be law-abiding, industrious and thrifty citizens" Mexican American Protestantism in Texas 61
6 "A slumbering people" Mexican American Protestantism in the territory of New Mexico 80
7 "Doing what he could" Mexican American Protestantism in Colorado, the territory of Arizona, and California 110
8 "A power for the uplifting of the Mexican race" characteristics of the nineteenth-century Mexican American Protestant community 125
Conclusion : beginnings of a new subculture 145
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