Stark and Smith “Pluralism and the Churching of Latin America”

Stark, Rodney and Buster G. Smith.  (2012).  Pluralism and the Churching of Latin America.  Latin American Politics and Society 54(2): 35-50.


Reliable data on Protestant and Catholic membership in 18 Latin American nations show that Protestants have recruited a larger percentage of the population in many nations than previously estimated. Analysis of these data shows that, as predicted by the theory of religious economies, the Catholic Church has been invigorated by the Protestant challenge: Catholic mass attendance has risen to unprecedented levels, and is highest in nations where Protestants have made the greatest gains.