Author: Wilma Davies, Visiting Lecturer, All Nations Christian College
The Changing Religious Field
Religious changes in Latin America have been noted with growing interest in Christian circles in the North. For Roman Catholics these changes have brought increasing concern as Catholoics appear to be gradually losing their religious hegemony in many Latin American countries. In Evangelical circles the changes have been greeted with enthusiasm, and often overstated or hyped for the benefit of the Evangelical public, who, distressed with losses on the home front are comforted by accounts of the amazing growth of the Evangelical Church in the South. Perhaps these changes first came to the attention of the wider public through the publication of David Stoll’s Is Latin America Turning Protestant? (1990). The sensationalist title even catches the attention of the person normally uninterested in religious affairs.
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