The volume consists of the seven articles that appeared in the February 1979 issue of the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs plus an additional four composed after the CELAM meeting at Puebla. In an excellent introduction, Daniel Levine argues persuasively that religion and politics cannot be analytically separated and proceeds to a discussion of left, right, and center among Christians in Latin America today. Unfortunately, virtually all of the remaining authors approach the topic with sympathy for the left. Although they all attempt to present fair and objective analyses, it would have been interesting to hear apologists for the center and right.

Among the original pieces, I particularly recommend Michael Dodson’s “The Christian Left in Latin American Politics” and Margaret Crahan’s “Salvation through Christ or Marx: Religion in Revolutionary Cuba.” Of the four additional articles, Phillip Berryman’s “What Happened at Puebla” is by far the most important, but Alexander Wilde offers a short excellent wrap-up in “Ten Years of Change in the Church: Puebla and the Future.”