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Title: Latin American Protestantism from the neglected continent to the continent of opportunity : an assessment of the justification for Protestant expansion, 1894-1960
Author: Piedra Solano, A.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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In this thesis, we explore the reasons that led North American Protestant missionary societies to consider Latin America as a mission field. During the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth century the Protestant mission among the Spanish-speaking poplation in Latin America was largely conducted by individual Europeans and Latin Americans. The zeal of these individuals, however, was not sufficient to inspire the main demoninations to invest significant human and financial resources there. Realising that Protestant missionary societies were not prepared to place Latin America on the same footing as Asia and Africa, these individuals became discouraged and began to refer to Latin America as 'the neglected continent'. Interest in the expansion of Protestantism in Latin America was intrinsically linked with the consolidation of the political and military interests of the United States in the region. The Spanish-American War (1988) was one of the major events that brought about the conditions for Protestant expansion on a larger scale. However, it was not until the creation of the Committee of Cooperation in Latin America (CCLA) in 1914 that Latin America began to be advocated as a major field for Protestant work. The Panama Congress, called and organised by the CCLA in 1916, was the symbol of the transition from the 'neglected continent' to the 'continent of opportunity'. If the expression 'the neglected continent' became a symbol of the frustration of nineteenth-century Protestants interested in Latin America, the expression the 'continent of opportunity' became the signal for a new North American outlook on Latin America. In the twentieth century Latin America offered an opportunity not only for business or political interests but for religious interests as well.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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