All Religions Are Good in Tzintzuntzan

All Religions Are Good in Tzintzuntzan

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Since the 1960s, evangelical Christian denominations have made converts throughout much of Roman Catholic Latin America, causing clashes of faith that sometimes escalate to violence. Yet in one Mexican town, Tzintzuntzan, the appearance of new churches has provoked only harmony. Catholics and evangelicals alike profess that qall religions are good, q a sentiment not far removed from qhere we are all equal, q which was commonly spoken in the community before evangelicals arrived. In this paradigm-challenging study, Peter Cahn investigates why the coming of evangelical churches to Tzintzuntzan has produced neither the interfaith clashes nor the economic prosperity that evangelical conversion has brought to other communities in Mexico and Latin America. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, he demonstrates that the evangelicals' energetic brand of faith has not erupted into violence because converts continue to participate in communal life, while Catholics, in turn, participate in evangelical practices. He also underscores how Tzintzuntzan's integration into global economic networks strongly motivates the preservation of community identity and encourages this mutual borrowing. At the same time, however, Cahn concludes that the suppression of religious difference undermines the revolutionary potential of religion.At the back of the altar, workers have drained a baptismal pool for repairs. Center stage there is a ... Juan sees the Bible as a manual for living in which God spells out how he wants humans to behave. Luz del Mundo members share withanbsp;...


Title:All Religions Are Good in Tzintzuntzan
Author: Peter S. Cahn
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-01-01
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