publication . Thesis . 2016

The Catholic church and politics in Colombia: a shifting foundation

Estrem, David J.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Mar 2016
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Recent research reveals a precipitous decrease in Catholic adherents across Latin America. Since 1970, numerous Latin Americans have professed a shift to Protestantism. Scholars have analyzed this trend within certain countries and as a regional tendency, but have not comprehensively addressed the Colombian case. Colombia is often considered the most Catholic of Latin American countries, with the Church historically much enmeshed in national politics. This thesis evaluates shifts in identified Colombian Catholics, the emergence of Protestantism, and other religious phenomena during three key historical epochs since 1930. Given Catholicism’s historical bond with ...
free text keywords: Colombia, Catholic, Protestant, politics, Evangelical, religion, Latin America
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