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Religions 2018, 9(11), 340; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9110340

Pentecostalization and Politics in Paraguay and Chile

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, USA
Received: 13 July 2018 / Revised: 30 October 2018 / Accepted: 31 October 2018 / Published: 3 November 2018
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This article analyzes Pentecostal churches in Paraguay and Chile, tracing how their older ethos of politics as worldly and corrupt is gradually changing and why. It explores changing church–state relations and conceptions of political culture and citizenship among Pentecostal members and leaders, and assesses some mutual influences that Pentecostal and mainstream Protestant churches exert on each other. Chile has the oldest autochthonous Pentecostal churches of Latin America, whereas Pentecostal growth only recently started in Paraguay, providing a contrast in levels of Pentecostalization. The article develops a general overview of modes of (in)direct involvement of Pentecostal leaders and members in national politics by assessing the risks and advantages of five possible positions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Pentecostalism; Pentecostalization; politics; Paraguay; Chile Pentecostalism; Pentecostalization; politics; Paraguay; Chile
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