The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity

ISBN : 9780199844593

Todd Hartch
304 Pages
162 x 237 mm
Pub date
Feb 2014
Oxford Studies in World Christianity
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Predominantly Catholic for centuries, Latin America is still largely Catholic today, but the religious continuity in the region masks great changes that have taken place in the past five decades. In fact, it would be fair to say that Latin American Christianity has been transformed definitively in the years since the Second Vatican Council. Religious change has not been obvious because its transformation has not been the sudden and massive growth of a new religion, as in Africa and Asia. It has been rather a simultaneous revitalization and fragmentation that threatened, awakened, and ultimately brought to a greater maturity a dormant and parochial Christianity. New challenges from modernity, especially in the form of Protestantism and Marxism, ultimately brought forth new life. In The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity, Todd Hartch examines the changes that have swept across Latin America in the last fifty years, and situates them in the context of the growth of Christianity in the global South.


Chapter 1. The Rise of Protestantism
Chapter 2. Large Scale Evangelism and the Catholic Response
Chapter 3. Origins and Development
Chapter 4. Prophetic Christianity in Brazil and Chile
Chapter 5. The Heartland of Pentecostalism
Chapter 6. Charismatic Catholicism
Chapter 7. Catholic Action and Base Ecclesial Communities
Chapter 8. The New Ecclesial Movements
Chapter 9. Universal Christianity
Chapter 10. From Latin America to the Ends of the Earth

About the author: 

Todd Hartch is Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Kentucky University.

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