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Religion in Central America After 1960
Religion in Central America After 1960
Professor Henri Gooren
I first discuss Catholicism after 1960.  Next, I discuss the boom of Protestantism, especially Pentecostalism, from 0 to 20, 30, or even 40% in some countries.  I also briefly discuss the spectacular membership explosion of Mormonism, which I studied firsthand in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.  The final major change in the Central American religious landscape is the rise of the no religion category, going up from near 0 to 4-10% in only 40 years.   

Henri Gooren (PhD Anthropology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands) is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Religious Studies at Oakland University in Rochester MI.  His books are Rich among the Poor (1999), Religious Disaffiliation and Conversion: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices (2010), and the Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions (ed. 2019).  Gooren publishes extensively on conversion models and on multiple religions in Latin America: 12 encyclopedia entries, 17 book chapters, and 19 journal articles.
Lecture Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Lecture Date : 04/29/2021      
Program Year : 2020-21      
Term : Winter/Spring      
Fee : $10.00