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Brazil
Brazil possesses both a strictly secular government and a richly spiritual society formed by the convergence of Roman Catholicism and the religious traditions practiced by...
Mexico
Contemporary Mexico is shaped by a variety of influences, including its deeply rooted Roman Catholicism and the secular ideals of the Mexican Revolution (1910-21)....

Latinamericaneoreformation

Latin America's Neo-Reformation: Religion's Influence on Contemporary Politics

December 30, 2004
In this work, Patterson examines three hypotheses about the differing forms of political engagement by Catholicism and evangelicalism in Latin America. Focusing on the intersection between religion and politics in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico, in particular, Patterson evaluates the “different religions, different politics” hypothesis that sees Protestants’ attitudes toward and involvement in politics as markedly different from that of Catholic believers. Some of the specific claims that are examined include the notion that Protestants’ attitudes are more compatible with democratic culture, and that higher levels of religious participation among Protestants lead to increased political engagement.
Eric Patterson Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson, PhD is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. He also serves as dean of the School of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. His research and teaching focuses on religion and...