Explaining Evangelicalism’s Uneven Political Success

By Nick Burns

A new book sheds light on why evangelical Christianity has generated greater electoral power in some Latin American countries than in others.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on Uruguay The rise of evangelical Protestantism represents one of the starkest shifts in Latin American society over the past 40 years—and the effects on the region’s politics have been hard to miss. Evangelical groups have helped make issues of gender, sexuality and abortion into hotly debated topics in Chile, Peru, Brazil and elsewhere. But, as a new book by Boston University professor Taylor Boas notes, evangelicals’ strength in electoral politics hasn’t been equal across the board in the region, even adjusting for the...

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