Christianity in the Caribbean: Essays on Church History

Christianity in the Caribbean: Essays on Church History

Christianity in the Caribbean: Essays on Church History

Christianity in the Caribbean: Essays on Church History

Synopsis

This is a collection of essays on the history of Christianity and the role of the Church in the processes of colonization and decolonization in the Caribbean. They look at the relationships that existed among slavery, colonialism and Catholicism.

Excerpt

The present work is fairly limited in scope, focusing on only one of the religions practised in the Caribbean. It is a collection of essays on themes related to the history of Christianity and society in the Caribbean. In the first essay, Meier examines rights of the people and the mission of the Catholic Church from the sixteenth century to the mid seventeenth century. The other studies address the following themes: the institution of slavery and the Christian religion from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries (Hunte and Lampe), the decolonization process and the Catholic Church in the nineteenth century (Hurbon), and the relationship between churches and military dictatorships in the twentieth century (Wipfler and Tschuy).

It is not possible to separate this book from other Commission of Studies on Latin American Church History (CEHILA) publications on the Caribbean. The first was published in Portuguese: Escravidao negra e História da Igreja na América Latina e no Caribe, edited by J. O. Beozzo (Petrópolis 1987). The second appeared in French: Le phénomène religieux dans la Caraïbe: Guadeloupe-Martinique-Guyane-Haïti, edited by Laënnec Hurbon (Montréal 1989). The, third was published in Spanish: CEHILA, Historia General de la Iglesia en América Latina. Tomo IV: Caribe (Chetumal-Salamanca 1995). From this publication, we selected the chapters of the present work, which were originally written in other languages, and I take full responsibility for any shortcomings that may exist in the translation of these essays into English.

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