Religious Pluralism

Religious Pluralism  in Latin America

Religious Pluralism, Democracy, and the Catholic Church in Latin America

1  Introduction: The New Landscape 
  Frances Hagopian
Part I
Pluralist Challenges to the Contemporary Catholic Church in Latin America:  Institutions and Beliefs in a Context of Religious and Social Change
2  Cultural Change, Religion, Subjective Well-Being,    and Democracy in Latin America 
  Ronald Inglehart
3  Cultural Change in Mexico at the Turn of the Century:    The Secularization of Women’s Identity and the Erosion    of the Authority of the Catholic Church
  Soledad Loaezaviii  |  Contents
4  Education and Increasing Religious Pluralism    in Latin America: The Case of Chile
  Cristiбn Parker Gumucio
Part II
Church Responses to Democratic and Religious Pluralism 
5  With or Without the People: The Catholic Church    and Land-Related Conicts in Brazil and Chile
  Patricia M. Rodriguez
6  The Changing Face of Religion in the Democratization    of Mexico: The Case of Catholicism
  Roberto J. Blancarte
7  Social Justice, Moral Values, or Institutional Interests?   
  Church Responses to the Democratic Challenge    in Latin America
  Frances Hagopian  
Part III
The Church, Public Policy, and Democracy
8  Life, Liberty, and Family Values: Church and State in    the Struggle over Latin America’s Social Agenda
  Mala Htun
9  Religion and Public Spaces: Catholicism    and Civil Society in Peru
  Catalina RomeroContents
Part IV
Conclusions: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
10  Pluralism as Challenge and Opportunity 
  Daniel H. Levine
11  The Catholic Church in a Plural Latin America:  
  Toward a New Research Agenda  
  Frances Hagopian
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The Roman Catholic Church in Latin America faces significant and unprecedented challenges. Most prominent among them are secularization, globalizing cultural trends, intensifying religious competition, and pluralism of many kinds within what were once hegemonic Catholic societies. The substantial and original essays in this volume assess the ways in which the Catholic Church in Latin America is dealing with these political, religious, and social changes. Most importantly, they explore how democracy has changed the Catholic Church and, in turn, how religious changes have influenced democratic politics in Latin America.

Drawing on the experiences of several countries to illustrate broad themes and explain divergent religious responses to common challenges, the contributors advance the notion that the Catholic Church's effectiveness in the public sphere and even its long-term viability as a religious institution depend on the nature and extent of the relationship between the hierarchy and the faithful. The essays address the context of pluralist challenges, the ideational, institutional, and policy responses of the Catholic hierarchy, and the nature of both religious beliefs and democratic values at the individual level in Latin America today.



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