Which Evangélicos? Probing the Diversities Within Brazilian Protestantism and the Case for a “Middle Way”
Contemporary debates in Brazil over the meaning of the label “evangélico” and who has the right to use it reveal significant cleavages that divide Brazil’s Protestant populations. Census results from the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics (IGBE) for 2000 and 2010 also point to the complexity of religious categories in the nation’s religious marketplace. Some evangelicals have found a middle way between theological and political extremes to their left and right. This chapter charts the path of these middle-way evangelicals, their formation of networks, parachurch bodies, and publishing organs, as well as their increasing influence in the academy and in the formulation of public policy at national, state, and local levels.
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