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Tongues of Fire: The Explosion of Protestantism in Latin America Paperback – October 8, 1993
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- C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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David Martin, one of the world's leading authorities on the sociology of religion, examines this remarkable phenomenon, taking account of how the religious elements have affected and have been affected by the cultural and political conditions and the future of the Americas, but also by those concerned with the relation of religion and social change throughout the contemporary world.
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Tracing the roots of Pentecostalism to Methodism, Martin seeks to understand how Methodism evolves from a voluntary and marginal form Christianity in England and Wales to surface as part of the core culture of religious life in the United States. Martin suggests that Methodism was largely marginal in England, because Anglicanism was tied to the State, whereas in the United States, where a de facto separation of Church and State exists, Methodism free of the dominance of the state-sponsored Church of England was able to flourish. And as Latin America has become more modernized and plural, Catholicism began to decline, particularly in countries like Brazil and Guatemala—20% and 30% Protestant respectively—where anti-clerical sentiments are fermenting. Concerning the theory of secularization, Martin suggests that Protestantism grabs a foothold in regions where Catholicism is in decline, yet where secularization has not yet disrupted the existing culture. Thus, in many ways, the decline of Catholic dominance in Latin America provides the setting for the emergence of Protestant conversion in Latin America, according to Martin.Read more ›