Sea la Luz: The Making of Mexican Protestantism in the American Southwest, 1829-1900

Sea la Luz: The Making of Mexican Protestantism in the American Southwest, 1829-1900

Sea la Luz: The Making of Mexican Protestantism in the American Southwest, 1829-1900

Sea la Luz: The Making of Mexican Protestantism in the American Southwest, 1829-1900

Synopsis

The story of the birth of Mexican Protestantism in the encounter between Mexican Catholics and Anglo American Protestants after the United States ventured into the Southwest and wrested territory from Mexico in the early 19th century.

Excerpt

This book was born in the latino protestant community. Los aleluyas, as Latino Protestants were once called, often made their commitment to follow Jesus Christ at great social cost. Because they are a small minority within an ethnic minority, the story of their origins has often been lost, or ignored, by both American Protestants and Latinos. Published works about Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the nineteenth-century Southwest largely ignore Spanish-speaking Protestants, either making no mention of them at all or seeing this population as a very marginal part of the community. the little material that exists is written primarily by Protestants and usually includes only a small section on the nineteenth century as part of a larger work. the few exceptions tend to focus on the Protestant missionaries and not on the converts. Thus, this book began as a dissertation that addressed this gap in the history of Latinos and the Latino Protestant churches of the southwestern United States. At the same time, the gap in the historical accounts is also a gap in my own story. the Mexican American Protestants of the American Southwest are my forebearers and have made me who I am. This is an attempt to tell a part of their story.

The bulk of the statistical data and basic information about church and mission locations and leaders in this book come from the denominational statistical records of the data reported by their missionaries and churches. Other sources include articles in denominational and home mission periodicals, missionaries’ reports and memoirs (particularly those by Melinda . . .

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