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Investigating The Fields Of The Lord: The Argentine Religious Field And Historical Context

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This chapter looks briefly at the Argentine religious field in the hope of approximating the current reality, and then looking at how this situation has arisen. It outlines how Argentina has arrived at the juncture paying particular attention to the developments within the Protestant camp. It then looks briefly at the Roman Catholic context into which Protestantism was inserted, and then considers the major advances of the various brands of Protestantism in Argentina. Finally it is true that the Roman Catholic Church has lost its hegemony, and that various forms of Protestantism have entered and grown with variable success. The most phenomenal growth has been in two areas; in the arena of popular religiosity where the devotion to home grown 'saints' has grown in numbers and diffused throughout the country; and secondly in the arena of Pentecostalism with the arrival and spread of neo-Pentecostal teachings and practices.

Keywords: Argentine religious field; Protestant camp; Protestantism; Roman Catholic Church

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