Journal Article

Radicalization of Religious Discourse in El Salvador: The Case of Oscar A. Romero

Timothy Shortell

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 62, issue 1, pages 87-103
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712232
Radicalization of Religious Discourse in El Salvador: The Case of Oscar A. Romero

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The late 1970s and early 1980s were a period of great conflict in El Salvador. It was a remarkable time for the Catholic Church. Like elsewhere in Latin America, the Church had conservative history. With the courageous ministry of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the Church became a key member of the popular movement fighting for social justice. The discourse of the popular church was prophetic. Content coding reveals that the discourse became more concrete, material and active during the Romero's tenure. Prophetic religious discourse represents a heterodox ideological force. Analysis of the rhetorical strategies shows how prophetic religion in El Salvador was related to the political struggle between the oligarchy and the popular movements as the country descended into civil war.

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