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Nature Of Somoza-Protestant Relations

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An essential aspect of any investigation into the nature and dynamics of Protestant-Sandinista relations is an understanding of the nature of relations between Somoza and Protestants (especially Evangelicals), which in turn permits a comparison of how relations changed with the arrival of the Sandinista. This chapter provides some data on church-state relations prior to the fall of the Somoza dictatorship in July 1979. It first presents a short but useful historical background, detailing the rise, rule and final overthrow of the Somoza dynasty, as well as considering very briefly the Somozas’ relations with the Catholic Church to shed some light on the dynasty’s view of religion as a whole. The chapter then discusses what little evidence is currently available in order to ascertain the nature of Evangelical-Somoza relations. Finally, it briefly examines the charge that Evangelicals in some way represented a prop for the existing social and political order.

Keywords: Catholic Church; church-state relations; Evangelicals; Protestant-Sandinista relations; Somoza dynasty



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