Pentecostalism in Latin America

REL710
Fall 2016
T 8:30am - 10:20am
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

Over the past four decades, tens of millions of Latin Americans have converted to Pentecostalism, making it one of the fastest-growing religions in the region. Today, nearly one in five Latin Americans are Protestants, and of these Protestants, 65% identify as Pentecostal. This course will examine the history and contemporary resonance of Pentecostalism in Latin America, paying special attention to how Pentecostals are renegotiating the relationship between religion, culture, and identity in Latin America. Throughout the semester, we will address questions such as: How has Latin American Pentecostalism evolved and changed throughout history? How should we understand the experience of religious conversion? What is the impact of Pentecostalism on Latin American politics and social movements? How does Pentecostalism address issues of race and gender? How do transnational networks affect the growth and impact of Pentecostalism? What does it mean to say that Pentecostalism is a “global religion”?

Background Expected: 

None.

Course Requirements: 

Readings (~200 pp. per week), weekly forum posts, two presentations, and one final research paper (20-25 pp.)

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation (including forum posts): 30%; Presentations (15%); Forum Posts (15%); Final Paper (40%).