The shift of the center of gravity in world Christianity from the Global North to the Global South was arguably the most important development in the faith during the twentieth century. One of the most salient dimensions within that broader evolution was the rise of evangelical Protestantism in Latin America, once a Roman Catholic stronghold. In the early twenty-first century a high percentage of Latin America was Pentecostal, but there had also been significant growth of other denominations, including Methodists and Baptists. By 2019 an estimated 19 percent of the population of Latin America identified as evangelicals.
The Gospel in Latin America includes a broad range of studies in the history of Latin American evangelicalism from experts in the field. Five chapters address issues affecting the whole of Latin America, including the relationship of evangelicalism to demography and the rise of the political ideology of Dominionism. A further five concentrate on developments in specific nations such as evangelical intellectual life in Brazil and the forging of evangelical identity in Argentina. Pentecostalism is included, but space is given to the full range of religious groups. Politics is not omitted, but the volume’s main concern is the core religious priorities of the movement associated with the spread of the gospel.
Latin America was long the forgotten continent in studies of the history of evangelical Christianity. Although the rise of Latin American Pentecostalism over the last century has attracted much scholarly attention, what has been lacking until now is a comprehensive historical analysis of the entire evangélico phenomenon, both Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal, in this most Catholic of continents. The current volume fills this gap, and does so with penetration, subtlety and imagination. It will become an indispensable guide to the subject.~Brian Stanley, Professor of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh
Within living memory Latin American Protestants have gone from a tiny minority facing the trials of persecution to a burgeoning movement navigating the temptations of power. Their expansion to an extraordinary 19% of the total population is a historic transformation with sweeping social, cultural, political, and spiritual significance. The Gospel in Latin America is a valuable, timely, and authoritative exploration of this momentous trend in World Christianity.~Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College
The Gospel in Latin America brings a collection of texts with very good and dense content resulting from academic research that offers a relevant overview of significant themes for studies on evangelicals in Latin America. The advance of the evangelical presence in the Latin American public space, with social, political, economic and cultural consequences, demands access to content of this quality.~Magali do Nascimento Cunha, Institute of Religion Studies, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil