Nicaragua's Other Revolution: Religious Faith and Political by Michael Dodson

By Michael Dodson

The 1979 uprising in Nicaragua used to be the 1st in glossy Latin the US to be conducted with the energetic participation and aid of Christians. like any revolutions, the Nicaraguan Revolution has provoked controversy and hostility, and the Christian presence has been a focus within the debate. during this paintings Michael Dodson and Laura Nuzzi O'Shaughnessy provide a close research of the spiritual resources of the revolution set opposed to the backgound of the innovative traditions of the United States.

Nicaragua's different Revolution areas the adventure of the Nicaraguan Revolution in a old framework that extends again to the Protestant Reformation and in an institutional framework that encompasses the complete of Nicaraguan politics. reading the vast technique of spiritual switch, this paintings explores how that procedure interacted with the political struggles that culminated within the revolution. Dodson and O'Shaughnessy finish that the non secular values and attitudes coming up out of postconciliar renewal within the church contributed powerfully to calls for for progressive switch in Nicaragua.

In England and the US the Protestant Reformation gave an incredible improve to calls for for democratic alterations in society and politics. This paintings indicates that whatever related occurred in Catholic crucial the USA within the post-Medellin interval. adjustments in spiritual proposal and motion have been a part of, and served to enhance and stimulate, a much wider stream for social and political switch. with out denying the significance of Marxism, the authors reveal that different very important affects are at paintings there.

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Officials shown such a keen interest in Central America. Under the Reagan administration that interest was expressed through a steady barrage of inflamed rhetoric: Nicaragua was accused of an astonishing range of political sins and described repeatedly as a dire threat to Mexico and the United States, as well as to the rest of Central America. The "rollback" policy that such rhetoric sought to justify generated intense controversy, while the rhetoric itself contributed to a polarization of views in the public discourse.

The assumption is that left-wing revolutions are inherently hostile to religion. Consequently, political struggle over religion in revolutionary Nicaragua can also be blamed on the Sandinistas; it is prima facie evidence that their regime is antidemocratic. Let us examine that aspect of the issue a bit more closely. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s religion was highly politicized in Central America. In each country, but especially in those experiencing the severest social conflicts, church groups and clergy were prominently involved in political life.

The language used far exceeded the normal bounds of diplomatic courtesy. Neither the Carter nor the Reagan administration used this sort of language to portray such notorious human rights abusers as Guatemala and Chile. Apparently there was something about the Nicaraguan Revolution that made it seem especially ominous to Washington. S. policy makers have had to say about the importance of democracy in Central America and the prospects for achieving it. We should bear in mind that an important aspect of the democracy question has been the role of churches in the struggle for change.

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