Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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| Editors: Henri Gooren

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, Igreja Universal Do Reino de Deus

  • Paulo Ayres Mattos
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_519-1

Definition

Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (IURD) [hereafter UCKG – Universal Church of the Kingdom of God] is a Brazilian New Pentecostal denomination with its headquarters at the Temple of Solomon in São Paulo, Brazil. It was founded on July 9, 1977, by three Brazilian evangelists, Romildo Ribeiro Soares, Edir Bezerra Macedo, and Roberto Augusto Lopes. A few years later, in a kind of coup d’etat against Soares, Macedo took over the leadership of UCKG to become its presiding bishop and the chief executive. Under his personal power, UCKG has become the largest Brazilian New Pentecostal church, present today in numerous countries of the six continents.

Introduction

Brazilian religious landscape expresses an amazing and vital diversity (Castro and Dawson 2017). Such diversity is not a recent invention or even a reinvention of something forgotten in the past, but a continuous result of Brazilian cultural history that, through a process of the interpenetration and accommodationof...

Keywords

Pentecostalism New Pentecostalism Syncretism Sacrifice Globalization Postmodernity Neoliberalism Money Religious Market 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculdade de Teologia REFIDIMJoinvilleBrazil