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Conversation with Samuel Olson, President of the Evangelical Council of Venezuela

Protestantism, and particularly evangelical Protestantism, has made great inroads throughout Latin America over the course of the past few decades, in what had previously been an almost wholly Roman Catholic Latin America (which contains nearly 40 percent of the world’s Roman Catholics), a legacy of Spanish and Portuguese colonial rule that has had deep political and cultural impact in the region over the centuries. In most of Latin America, Protestants are becoming either a sizable minority or in some cases, particularly in parts of Central America, are now approaching parity with Catholic numbers. This rapid growth of evangelical Protestantism is impacting the region in profound ways, reshaping culture, society, domestic politics, and the international relations of the region.

Read more in Providence, A Journal of Christianity and Foreign Policy