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Alabadle!: Hispanic Christian Worship Kindle Edition

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By looking at the wide variety of Hispanic Christian worship that exists within the Hispanic community, =ADAlabacdle! highlights the cultural, generational, and denominational elements that comprise the spectrum of Hispanic worship. Justo L. Gonzales, and seven other contributors, provide an insightful look into the variety of worship styles that exist among numerous church traditions including Assemblies of God, United Methodist, Catholic, American Baptist, Presbyterian, and Disciples of Christ. And yet in the midst of this variety is a common thread of excitement about worship and about the gospel! Anyone interested in exploring worship, music, and liturgy styles from a particularly Hispanic perspective will find =ADAlabacdle! a valuable learning tool. =ADAlabacdle! is a unique introduction that will be of interest to anyone with a Christian worship assignment or responsibility for the Hispanic community. -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Justo L. Gonzalez, a United Methodist minister born in Cuba, is a retired member of the Río Grande Conference of the United Methodist Church. After his basic college and seminary education in Cuba, he came to study at Yale University, where he obtained three degrees: S.T.M. (1958), M.A. (1960), Ph.D. (1961). In 1961 he joined the faculty of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, teaching historical theology, and in 1969 he moved to Atlanta in order to teach at Candler School of Theology (Emory University). Since 1977 he has been engaged in two main occupations: writing and promoting the theological education of Latinas and Latinos.
Gonzalez has published more than 80 books, hundreds of articles, and served twenty years as editor for the journal Apuntes. Several of his books are used as textbooks in seminaries and colleges and are translated into Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, German, Japanese, and Russian. He founded the Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana and the Hispanic Summer Program, which is sponsored by 38 seminaries and universities. He was also the first Executive Director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, a program based at Princeton Theological Seminary.
He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • File Size: 1085 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0687010322
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1, 1996)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 1996
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00558Q6T6
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Justo L. Gonzalez, author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought and other major works, attended United Seminary in Cuba, received his M.A. at Yale, and was the youngest person to be awarded a Ph.D. in historical theology at Yale. Dr. Gonzalez is now on the faculty of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
One of the strengths of 'Alabadle! Hispanic Christian Worship' edited by Justo Gonzalez is that it dispels the notion that all Hispanics are the same. There is a great deal of diversity that underlies the simple descriptor 'Hispanic' - for one thing, as Gonzalez notes in the opening chapter, Hispanics come from various parts of a geographic region roughly one quarter the size of the entire world. While the largest group of Hispanics in America come from Mexico, there are significant communities from each of the Hispanic nations - and not all speak Spanish (Brazil, the largest nation in terms of both population and land mass, has Portuguese as its official language).
Also, the denominational situation is different from the dominant Anglo culture. The idea that all Hispanics are Catholic is wrong to begin with, but the balance between Catholic and Protestant in Latino cultures is different; Protestantism there tends to be very pointedly anti-Catholic, and the Catholics tend to see Protestant Hispanics as traitors to the culture as well as unfaithful to the church.
Gonzalez has a team of writers who look at Hispanic worship from denominational perspectives:
* Hispanic Catholic Worship - Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ
* Hispanic Pentecostal Worship - Samuel Solivan
* Hispanic United Methodist Worship - Maria Luisa Santillan Baert
* Hispanic Baptist Worship - Miguel Angel Darino
Also, Gonzalez highlights various aspects of general Hispanic concerns with his concluding three sections:
* The Mestizo Church - Teresa Chavez Sauceda
* Hispanic Hymnody - Raquel Gutierrez-Achon
* Worship Resources (as an appendix) - Pablo A.
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I found this book very well written. Various authors give their own specific information regarding their specific Hispanic denominations. It is a fascinating look at the differences and commonalities within the Christian religion. The final chapter on Hispanic hymnology was both helpful and informative. The appendix with worship resources is extremely useful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking further insight into the growing area of Hispanic Christian Worship practices in the United States.
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Gonzalez brings together voices from various religious traditions to give deeper meaning to the phase 'Hispanic Christian Worship.' From the perspective of different faith traditions: Catholic, Lutheran, Pentacostal, Baptist, Presbyterian, among others, selected authors share what they believe makes Hispanic Christian Worship unique.

Generally an easy read, I would expect this book to be read by anyone studying multiculturalism/diversity in worship.
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