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Reason to Believe

Cultural Agency in Latin American Evangelicalism

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Reason to Believe by David Smilde
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Description

Evangelical Protestantism has arguably become the fastest-growing religion in South America, if not the world. For converts, it emphasizes self-discipline and provides a network of communal support, which together have helped many overcome substance abuse, avoid crime and violence, and resolve relationship problems. But can people simply decide to believe in a religion because of the benefits it reportedly delivers? Based on extensive fieldwork among Pentecostal men in Caracas, Venezuela, this rich urban ethnography seeks an explanation for the explosion of Evangelical Protestantism, unraveling the cultural and personal dynamics of Evangelical conversion to show how and why these men make the choice to convert, and how they come to have faith in a new system of beliefs and practices.

Author Biography

David Smilde is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Georgia. He is co-author, with Margarita Lopez Maya and Keta Stephany, of Protesta y cultura en Venezuela: Los Marcos de accion colectiva en 1999.
Release date Australia
July 6th, 2007
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Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
12 b-w photographs, 13 tables
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
277
Dimensions
152x229x16
ISBN-13
9780520249431
Product ID
1907040

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