Religion and Politics in Latin America: Liberation Theology and Christian Democracy

Title

Religion and Politics in Latin America: Liberation Theology and Christian Democracy

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Description

"What drives religious people to act in politics? In Latin America, as in the Middle East, religious belief is a primary motivating factor for politically active citizens. Edward Lynch questions the frequent pitfall of Latin American scholarship--categorizing religious belief as a veil for another interest or as a purview just of churchmen, thereby ignoring its hold over lay people. Challenging this traditional view, Lynch concludes that religious motivations are important in their own right and raises important questions about the relationship between religion and politics in Latin America. Looking at the two most important Catholic lay movements, Liberation Theology and Christian Democracy, Lynch uses Nicaragua and Venezuela as case studies of how religious philosophy has fared when vested with political power."--Barnes & Noble description

ISBN

9780275937744

Publication Date

1991

Publisher

Praeger

City

New York

Keywords

politics, religion, Latin America, Liberation Theology, Christian Democracy, Nicaragua, Venezuela

Disciplines

Christianity | Latin American History | Latin American Languages and Societies | Other Political Science