Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer | Protestant ‘Sects’ and the Spirit of (Anti-)Imperialism
Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer
Protestant ‘Sects’ and the Spirit of (Anti-)Imperialism
Religious entanglements in the Americas
Latin America, United States, religion and politics – these are ingredients in a beverage of explosive power. The four terms also denote a close entanglement. Historically, this relationship has been shaped primarily by the Protestant mission in Latin America and its Pan-American objectives. But mission was yesterday. Today, under the conflictive conditions of life in Latin America, a new religious style has been molded and, with the Latin migration, the religious field in the United States is changing considerably. The present book, with reference to the Weberian distinction between “sects” and institutionalized religion, renders visible the logic of inter-American entanglements by tracing and interpreting exemplary developments and conflicts. The narrative is framed between two important religious events in 1916 and 2016.