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Evaluating prophetic radicalism: The nature of Pentecostal politics in Brazil

Hunt, Stephen E.

Authors

Stephen E. Hunt



Contributors

Calvin Smith
Editor

Abstract

Persecution from the secular world and ostracism exercised by established church authorities, alongside the emphasis on saving souls rather than changing socio-economic and political structures, ensured that for much of its history the Pentecostal movement was apolitical. However in recent years this has began to change. This chapter considers Pentecostal political involvement in Brazil in all of its vast diversity from grass-root levels to national politics. Here, Pentecostalism shows its important flexibility in producing political activity that is not only right wing but also leftish orientations which makes it arduous to make generalizations and predict the future of its role as Brazil emerges as a democracy and emerging economic power.

Citation

Hunt, S. E. (2011). Evaluating prophetic radicalism: The nature of Pentecostal politics in Brazil. In C. Smith (Ed.), Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin American Pentecostalism (157-177). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004192492.i-284

Publication Date Jan 1, 2011
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Pages 157-177
Series Title Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies
Book Title Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin American Pentecostalism
ISBN 9789004192492
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004192492.i-284
Keywords Pentecostalism, democracy, free market, Latin America, religion, society, theology, politics
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/969203
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004192492.i-284
Related Public URLs http://www.brill.com/pentecostal-power