Political aspects of the early implantation of Protestantism in Brazil

Bruno Gonçalves Rosi


This text offers an evaluation of the main political aspects that accompanied the implantation of Protestantism in Brazil during the 19th century. It is observed that the Brazilian legislation and political framework of the period were mostly favourable to the implantation of the new religious denomination in the country. It is also observed that this process was also favoured by a specific framework of bilateral relations between Brazil and the United States, a country from which many of the missionaries who wanted to insert the new denomination in Brazil were coming from. Finally, it is observed that these missionaries sought to make use of the legal and political prerogatives present while maintaining a distance from the authorities in order to maintain autonomy in their religious activity.




Protestantism; Brazil Empire; Presbyterianism; Congregationalism; Religious freedom.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.23925/1677-1222.2018vol18i2a13

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Direitos autorais 2018 REVER - Revista de Estudos da Religião