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The Soul of Development: Biblical Christianity and Economic Transformation in Guatemala

May 1, 1997

Through an extended case study of rural Guatemala, The Soul of Development: Biblical Christianity and Economic Transformation in Guatemala reviews the impact that evangelical Protestantism has on a post-conflict Latin American society in regards to its economic success, change in traditional culture, and shift to democratic capitalism. In her analysis, Amy Sherman addresses Max Weber’s historical argument that Protestantism is the catalyst for peace and prosperity. She makes the claim that as a result of guerrilla warfare and the explosion of Protestantism in Latin America, Guatemala will undergo a similar shift as did twentieth century Europe in areas of culture, politics, economics, and values.

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