Religious Freedom and Evangelization in Latin America: The Challenges of Religious Pluralism

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  • Format: Book
  • Published: 1999, Orbis Books
  • ISBN: 9781570752636
  • 359 pages
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In his introduction, Paul Sigmund states that the growing religious pluralism in Latin America is one of several reasons why the trend toward democracy that has marked the last two decades may endure. Nevertheless, Sigmund notes that this new pluralism, particularly the growth of Protestantism, has led to tensions that must be resolved. Religious Freedom and Evangelization in Latin America provides an indispensable resource for understanding the range of issues confronting the continent, offering Catholic as well as Protestant perspectives, and trenchant analyses of the situation in different countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Cuba.

Selected Chapters

  • "Argentina: Church, State, and Religious Freedom in Argentina"
  • "Brazil: Religious Tolerance, Church-State Relations, and the Challenge of Pluralism"
  • "The Catholic Church"
  • "Chile: From the Patronato to Pinochet"
  • "Colombia: Past Persecution, Present Tension"
  • "Cuba"
  • "The Economics of Evangelization"
  • "El Salvador"
  • "Evangelical Churches"
  • "Guatemala"
  • "Historical Protestantism"
  • "Introduction"
  • "Mexico: Liberation Theology, Base Communities and Evangelical Protestantism"
  • "The New Legislation on Religious Freedom in Mexico"
  • "Nicaragua"
  • "Peru: Evangelization and Religious Freedom"
  • "Venezuela: Nationhood, Patronage, and the Conflict over New Religious Movements"


Edward L. Cleary, John H. Sinclair, Pedro C. Moreno, Anthony Gill, Margaret E. Crahan, Andrew J. Stein, Jose Luis Soberanes Fernandez, Roderic Ai Camp, Tim Steigenga, Andrew J. Stein, Jose Miguez Bonino. Kenneth P. Serbin, Martin Poblete