This page is the home for non-scholarly short pieces, working papers, reviews, current events, news articles, and multimedia produced as a result of and in association with the Center's project "Religious Responses to Violence in Latin America," a two-year research endeavor supported by the Henry Luce Foundation's Initiative on Religion & International Affairs.
This time period was shaped by important events and actors: Vatican II and Liberation Theology, the dominance of the Catholic Church, the global Cold War, and the development of an international human rights movement influenced by religious actors.
Violence has also changed. Though it is true that police and military forces are responsible for violence in poor communities in the present day (in ways that bear comparison to conditions under dictatorship), contemporary democracies are distinguished from their predecessors particularly by the prevalence of non-state violence, often illustrated by the rise of violent transnational criminal networks and gangs. In the current day, "citizen security" is paramount.
How do the religious concepts and practices of the past change in this new context? What are the legacies? What are the new shifts and approaches?