Alexander Wilde (Senior scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.) :
Las iglesias ante la violencia en América Latina. Los derechos humanos en el pasado y el presente
“I have read the latest document by Father Francisco de Roux and think that he has thought so differently than we have about the issues…there are perspectives here that open constructive possibilities….”*
Ex-President Álvaro Uribe, commenting on Colombian peace negotiations, El Tiempo (Bogotá), 29 de octubre de 2016
Religion is an inescapable dimension of the history of Latin America in the last half century. It was a visible force shaping national events in many countries and an active presence in societies and individual human lives throughout the region. This dynamism was quite unanticipated. When the Revolution came to power in Cuba in 1959, no one envisioned the sweeping changes in the Catholic Church set in motion by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), or the emergence of a distinctive Latin American theology of liberation. Similarly, no one could have predicted that after four centuries, Evangelical churches would challenge the cultural dominance of Catholicism, drawing unprecedented numbers of followers everywhere.