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Misión Integral and Progressive Evangelicalism: The Latin American Influence on the North American Emerging Church

Department of Religion, Baylor University, Waco, TX, 76798, USA
Religions 2012, 3(3), 790-807; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel3030790
Received: 14 June 2012 / Revised: 12 August 2012 / Accepted: 17 August 2012 / Published: 23 August 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Progressive Evangelicalism)
Though commonly identified with the conservative politics of the Christian Right, over the past decade evangelicals in the United States have increasingly embraced a more politically progressive range of social concerns. Often treated as something wholly new, this trend actually has roots in Latin American evangelicalism from the 1970s. Latin American theologian/practitioners like C. René Padilla and Samuel Escobar of the Latin American Theological Fellowship, promoted a holistic vision of the church’s mission, what they called misión integral, seeking to integrate both evangelism and socio-political involvement on behalf of the poor and oppressed. These Latin American thinkers played a direct role in the rise of progressive evangelicalism in the United States in the 1970s. While overshadowed for a time by the Christian Right, the concept of misión integral and its Latin American exponents has continued to influence the resurgence of progressive social concerns among North American evangelicals in the first decade of the 21st century, and especially those associated with the emerging church movement. View Full-Text
Keywords: evangelicalism; progressive evangelicalism; Latin American evangelicalism; emerging church; emerging Christian movement; integral mission; holistic mission; misión integral evangelicalism; progressive evangelicalism; Latin American evangelicalism; emerging church; emerging Christian movement; integral mission; holistic mission; misión integral
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Clawson, M. Misión Integral and Progressive Evangelicalism: The Latin American Influence on the North American Emerging Church. Religions 2012, 3, 790-807.

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