Contradiction and conflict: the popular church in Nicaragua by Debra Sabia

By Debra Sabia

Sabia examines the complicated interplay of non secular trust and political idea between inner divisions of Nicaragua's well known church.Contradiction and clash explores the wealthy historical past, ideology, and improvement of the preferred church in Nicaragua. From cautious tests in the context of Nicaragua's progressive interval (1970s-1990), this e-book explains the ancient stipulations that labored to unify contributors of the Christian religion and the next components that fragmented the Christian neighborhood into a minimum of 4 identifiable teams with non secular and political alterations, contradictions, and conflicts.Debra Sabia describes and analyzes the increase, progress, and fragmentation of the preferred church and assesses the impression of the Christian base groups on faith, politics, and the nation's social progressive scan.

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Managua, the largest city in Nicaragua, is the place where half of the country's four million citizens reside. It was also the city where the heart of the revolutionary struggle against the Somoza dictatorship took place. Today, it is the city where affiliates of the popular church continue to be the most active. For reasons of history, region, and political culture, the three focal communities are quite likely to operate in a manner very similar to one another and very different from those outside the capital.

This Christology argued the church's mission to be one of solidarity with the poor and oppressed (Levine 1990a; McGrath 1990; Neal 1990). Indeed, the intense focus on the life and work of Christ mandated a call for the church likewise to adopt a preferential option for the pooras Christ did under conditions of poverty and deprivation. The church's acknowledgment of Jesus' mission to be the proclamation and fulfillment of the liberation of oppressed peoples fostered a new perspective and place of the church in the Latin world (Gutiérrez 1986).

Field aides were Nicaraguans who were always present at the research sites. Their assistance was invaluable for providing feedback, for facilitating improved communication, for checking the accuracy of observations and interpreted materials, and for double-checking one another's impressions and recorded work. The collection of data led to the development of a taxonomy of political and spiritual ideologies around which interviewees were eventually grouped. These classifications or ideal types developed primarily from the participant-observer method, the core of which focused around three primary Christian base communities in the capital city of Managua: the communities of San Pablo, San Judas, and Adolfo Reyes.

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