There are few one-volume introductions to Latin American religion that cover the last five centuries. In recent decades, a rapidly growing number of scholars have written specialized studies in the field, and as a result of this development there are also some good monographs and collections of essays that might serve as introductions for students and others. However, most of them focus on a more limited time period. Suffice it to mention The Church in Colonial Latin America (2000), edited by John F. Schwaller; On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Religion in Modern Latin America (2000), edited by Virginia Garrard-Burnett; and, more recently, Justo L. González and Ondina E. González’s Christianity in Latin America: A History (2007). The latter covers both colonial and modern times.

In the 14 chapters of Religion and Society in Latin America, 18 specialists approach the topic...

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