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Religion at the Crossroads

  • Robert C. Williamson


For the mass of Latin Americans, two social institutions are central in emotional commitment: the family and the church. For 85 percent of Latin Americans religion means Roman Catholicism, although the significance of this religion for both individual and society is sometimes baffling. Several questions are relevant: How do historic and regional differences account for varying religious developments among Latin American nations? Has or will religion become a regressive—or progressive—influence? How does religion meet the challenge of other ideologies, such as nationalism, modernization, capitalism, and socialism? What is the effect of the growing Protestant community? To what degree can the church bring about a revitalized social ethic?


Religious Authority Yerba Mate Liberation Theology Folk Religion Latin American Nation 
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