Christianity in Latin America


This is a comprehensive course on the study of Christianity in the context of Latin America. After exploring the history of religion in colonial Latin America. Specific issues and topics that are covered: 1) colonial development of Latin American Catholicism; 2) Jesuit contributions to Latin American religion and issues of criollo/mestizo and indigenous inculturation; 3) rise of liberalism, political revolution, and national religious contexts; national church consolidations and the development of specific cultural Catholicism (Mexican, Cuban, Columbian, etc); 4) early Latin American Protestantism and its evolution; 5) Social Catholicism, Catholic Action, and the Christian Democracy movement; 6) Latin American contributions to Vatican II; 7) post-Vatican II Catholicism and Liberal Protestantism and rise of Liberation Theology and political reactions; 8) rise of Protestant Evangelicalism and indigenous religious movements and their effects on national and regional politics and public policies; and 9) new trends of Catholic lay movements, Mormonism, and Evangelicals; 10) Aparecida: where Francis’ Pontificate Began. 11) The Ecclesiology of Pope Francis.


Religion and Society in Latin America : Interpretive Essays from the Conquest to the Present. Edited by Lee M. Penyak and Walter J. Petry. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009.

Latin American Religions : Histories and Documents in Context. Edited by Anna Lisa Peterson and Manuel A. Vásquez. New York: New York University Press, 2008.

Latin American Religion in Motion. Edited by Christian Smith and Joshua Prokopy. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Boff, Leornardo. Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014.

Dussel, Enrique D. A History of the Church in Latin America : Colonialism to Liberation (1492-1979). Edited by Alan Neely. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1981.

Faggioli, Massimo. Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014.

González, Ondina E. Christianity in Latin America: A History. Edited by Justo L. González. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Lynch, John. New Worlds: A Religious History of Latin America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

Palacios, Joseph Martin. The Catholic Social Imagination : Activism and the just Society in Mexico and the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Piquee, Elisabetta. Pope Francis: Life and Revolution. London, UK: Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, 2014.

Prien, Hans-Jürgen. Christianity in Latin America. Edited by Brian McNeil and Stephen E. Buckwalter. Revised and expanded edition. ed. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

Vásquez, Manuel A. Globalizing the Sacred : Religion Across the Americas. Edited by Marie F. Marquardt. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2003.

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