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Spring 2024


The Pentecostal movement is the fastest growing religious movement in the world. It is an evolutive expression of Protestantism that places an emphasis on the Holy Spirit and spiritual solutions to life’s turmoils. This movement has been especially flourishing in the Global South with 86% of believers residing there. As the Western world becomes more secular the future of global Christianity is in the Pentecostal movement. The topic of this research will focus on a specific vein of the Pentecostal movement in Latin America. The Catholic Church has long dominated Latin America, and this move away from Catholicism in favor of a more personal expression of faith has been adopted and by large swaths of the population beginning with the lower classes and moving into the middle and higher as well. These voters are leaders of the next generations in Latin America. The purpose of this research is to examine this movement and what impacts it has on the political sphere in a particular region in South America. Has the fastest growing religious movement influenced the most secular region in South America?


Course: SOC 498, Sociology Senior Thesis (Dr. Michael Jessup & Dr. Steve Bird)