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Protestant Accommodation to the Modern Rationality and Pentecostal Reaction

Panel Chair: Orivaldo Lopes Jr | Friday, August 28, 9-11 a.m. | Venue

A tension between pre-modernity and modernity in XIX Century marked the reception of Reformed thought in Brazil, especially trough Lutherans, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists and Congregationalists. Here the anti-Catholic profile of Brazilian Protestantism had its beginning. The style of protestant religiosity and its theological emphasis were connected with this commitment with the values of modernity. When Pentecostalism begins in XX Century, it did not fit with this imaginary, and traditional Protestants strongly rejected it. It will be different, for instance, with Pentecostalism inside Catholic Church 50 years late.

Paulo Siepierski

The Pentecostal rupture: No Longer Protestants?

In the last decades, all over the world, Pentecostalism has changed dramatically. The main mutation has occurred in its core belief, the premillennial eschatology, which easied the way for the acceptance of doctrines such as the spiritual warfare and the prosperity theology. These doctrines only hardly could be considered protestant.

Lyndon Santos

Protestantism and Modernity: the Pentecostalism of the Assembly of God in Brazil

The Brazilian Pentecostalism is inserted in the context of a peripheral modernity, and the Assembly of God is its main expression. The ways of sociability, the beliefs and the structures of power of this church were woven from complex social, cultural and political dynamics. It is, then, a challenge for the understanding of the relation between the Protestantism and the Western modernity.

Orivaldo Lopes Jr

Northeast Brazil: the last stronghold against Protestantism

During XX Century, Northeast represented the minus protestant region of Brazil. The monopoly of Catholicism in this region was prominent, and it represented an efficient barrier against evangelical missionary entrepreneur. It composed the canvas that characterized northeast as an archaic, underdeveloped and traditional region. Nevertheless, evangelicals got greater success in Brazil and in Northeast in special, not with the traditional Portestantism, but with its Pentecostal version. It was linked not to an anti-modern or modern tension, but with the broken of religious monopoly.

Arnaldo Érico Huff Júnior

Political action modes of Protestants and Pentecostals in Brazil

The study aims to approach five modes of political action identified among Protestants and Pentecostals in Brazil: progressive individual, withdrawal exclusivist, secular communitarian, church communitarian and utilitarian exclusivist. These modes are interpreted at the interface of religion and society, in a chronological (considering its origins) but not institutional way.


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