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Latin America: The "other christendom", pluralism and globalization

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This chapter looks at Pentecostalism’s trajectory and its implications for the future of the region and for debates on secularization. It also remembers that Latin American religion, with Pentecostalism in the vanguard, is increasingly exported to Europe and North America via missions and diaspora churches. It is no longer wise to talk about ‘American evangelicalism’ or ‘American Catholicism’ without taking Latinos into account; and it is at least worth asking whether there might be implications in the emerging Latin American model for Latin Europe. The religious future of Brazil is likely to include a revitalized Catholicism retaining a large percentage of the population, with a vast and fragmented Protestant field, and a sizeable sector of non-Christian religions and ‘non-religious’. The chapter concentrates largely on transformations of the religious field. Other dimensions of Latin American religion in a globalizing world have received little discussion.

Keywords: Brazil; Catholicism; Christianity; globalization; Latin America; Pentecostalism; religious pluralism



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