Nicaragua's other revolution: religious faith and political by Michael Dodson

By Michael Dodson

The 1979 uprising in Nicaragua was once the 1st in smooth Latin the US to be conducted with the energetic participation and help 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 supply an in depth examine of the spiritual assets of the revolution set opposed to the backgound of the progressive traditions of the United States.Nicaragua's different Revolution locations 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 total of Nicaraguan politics. reading the huge technique of spiritual switch, this paintings explores how that technique interacted with the political struggles that culminated within the revolution. Dodson and O'Shaughnessy finish that the non secular values and attitudes bobbing up out of postconciliar renewal within the church contributed powerfully to calls for for progressive swap in Nicaragua.In England and the United States the Protestant Reformation gave an incredible strengthen to calls for for democratic alterations in society and politics. This paintings indicates that whatever related occurred in Catholic imperative the USA within the post-Medellin interval. alterations in non secular proposal and motion have been a part of, and served to augment and stimulate, a much broader flow for social and political switch. with no denying the significance of Marxism, the authors show that different very important affects are at paintings there.A UNC Press Enduring variation -- UNC Press Enduring variations use the most recent in electronic know-how to make to be had back books from our unusual backlist that have been formerly out of print. those variants are released unaltered from the unique, and are provided in cheap paperback codecs, bringing readers either ancient and cultural worth.

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Thus, when Nicaragua's neighbor, El Salvador, appeared to be headed for a full-scale revolution in early 1980, a sense of crisis enveloped the American body politic. Jingoistic claims about the spread of communism in America's own "back yard" suffused debates over foreign policy. Increasingly, Nicaragua came to be a focal point of American anger and frustration at the drift of events in the Third World. The Nicaraguan Revolution fell prey to bitter polemics within the American political arena. Extraordinary efforts were undertaken Page 6 to prove that Nicaragua was a threat to the security of the United States.

From the beginning there was a multiplicity of meanings, for "demos" referred not only to the citizen body, but also to the lower classes sociologically speaking. When "democracy" was utilized by a writer such as Aristotle it took on still another connotation, for it implied rule by the poor, including the possibility that the poor would rule in their own interest. 24 The common good transcended the class interests of the poor, even if they were everywhere the majority of the demos, or citizenry.

Consider the setting of the English revolution. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, English society was pervasively authoritar- Page 10 ian, a fact reinforced by religious customs and teachings. The social order was rigid and static, although the forces of change were beginning to appear. Political authority was centralized and power was exercised by an aristocratic classa landed elite that filled local offices and sent its own representatives to Parliament, where they governed in concert with the king.

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