TH7603 - Case Study: Evangelicalism in Latin America


Case Study: Evangelicalism in Latin America


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning; King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

200 hours total study time: Approximately 10 hours of recorded lectures; remainder generated study time. Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is noted as required in student courseware and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

Introducing Evangelicalism in Latin America

Introduction, Growth, and Expressions of Latin American Pentecostalism

Evangelical and non-Evangelical approaches to Christianity in Latin America

Latin American theology and praxis

Survey of Pentecostalism and Politics in Latin America

Pentecostalism and Politics in Revolutionary Nicaragua

Pentecostalism and Politics in 1980s Guatemala

Pentecostalism in Revolutionary Cuba

Challenging Stereotypes: Chile and El Salvador

To offer in-depth and focused teaching of advanced scholarship at the forefront of the discipline.

To provide an intellectually challenging presentation of the diverse nature of Evangelicalism, particularly Pentecostalism, in Latin America throughout the contemporary scene and in history.

To enable students to develop advanced skills in study and research as well as original and independent thought in engagement with primary and secondary sources

To analyse and assess the major factors whether philosophical, social, cultural, hermeneutical, ethical, theological, political or otherwise that have shaped Latin American Evangelicalism in historic and current expression.

To appreciate critically the role of selected individuals, groups, and denominations in the development and evolution of the above

To engage students in scholarly and critical analysis of current and new insights in the field of Pentecostalism with special reference to Latin America.

To encourage students to evaluate and engage with advanced scholarship that critiques or rejects Evangelical approaches.

To encourage the application of original thought and research in the engagement of both nuanced and general approaches.

To develop an ability to engage in extended research and analysis by means of a substantial dissertation, showing originality of thought and mastery of bibliographical resources and relevant data.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

By the end of the module the students will be able to demonstrate

  1. A thorough understanding of the origin and a range of expressions of Evangelical faith among Christians in Latin America.
  2. A nuanced and detailed knowledge of Church history in selected Latin American countries and the contemporary expressions.
  3. A systematic understanding of the historical and current approaches to the emergence and evolution of Evangelicalism in Latin America.
  4. An in-depth understanding of the complexities and unique aspects of Evangelicalism as it relates to other fields of Theology and Church history.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
15000 word essay100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

Bonino, José M. Bonino (1997). Faces of Latin American Protestantism. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Cleary, Edward and  Hannah Stewart-Gambino, eds. (1998). Power, politics, and Pentecostals in Latin America. Boulder, CO: Westview.

Freston, P. (2006). Evangelical Christianity and democracy in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press.

Freston, Paul (2004). Protestant political parties: A global survey. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.

Garrard-Burnett, Virginia and David Stoll (1993). Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America. Philadelphia: Temple University.

Medina, Nestor and Sammy Alfaro, eds. (2015). Pentecostals and Charismatics in Latin America and Latino communities. Newark: Palgrave MacMillan.

Smith, Calvin L. (2010). Pentecostal power: Expressions, impact and faith of Latin American Pentecostalism. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

Smith, Calvin L. (2007). Revolution, revival and religious conflict in Sandinista Nicaragua. Religion in the Americas series (vol 6). Leiden and Boston: Brill.

Stoll, David (1990). Is Latin America turning Protestant? The politics of Evangelical growth. Berkeley and Oxford: University of California Press.

Yong, Amos et al, eds. (2016) Global Renewal Christianity. Volume 2: Latin America Spirit Empowered Movements: Past, Present, and Future. Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House.

Calvin Smith


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