Brazil: The Charismatic Giant

Edward L. Cleary

in The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036083
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038285 | DOI:
Brazil: The Charismatic Giant

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The Charismatic Renewal took hold in Brazil more widely than most countries in Latin America. The fact that the renewal was extensive was largely ignored by progressives who did not agree with the reputed conservative qualities of Charismaticism in the first three decades after it took hold. They also overlooked the word-of-mouth information about the movement. They could be excused for not having a comprehensive view of the movement because Brazil is so large geographically that very few observers had a full view of the religious situation in the country. Now, however, foreign and domestic research resources have been put to use to poll Brazilians about important aspects of their own religion. The Charismatic Renewal penetrated youth culture, assimilated musical styles, and adopted secular communications media for its message. It also renewed religious language and reinforced religion as an everyday part of life rather than a marginal or Sunday event for Brazilians.

Keywords: Charismatic Renewal; Latin America; Charismaticism; Brazil; youth culture

Chapter.  14131 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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