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Historical Trajectories of Protestantism in Brazil, 1810–1960

  • Pedro Feitoza
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Part of the Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies book series (CHARIS)

Abstract

This chapter explores the variety of evangelical practices and ideas that reshaped the Brazilian religious landscape in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The first part examines how European and American immigration, missionary work and the expansion of evangelical frontiers in Brazil from 1810 to 1900 formed early Brazilian Protestantism. It pays special attention to the local agents who translated the doctrines and theology of evangelicalism to Brazilian culture, such as local ministers, colporteurs, Bible-readers and schoolteachers. The second part turns to the twentieth century and to the diversification of Brazilian evangelicalism. The arrival of Pentecostal missionaries and the rapid growth of charismatic churches accelerated processes of religious change in the country, but also reformed traditional social and cultural practices in Brazil, such as family relations and communitarian life.

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  • Pedro Feitoza
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