Sociologists Managing Religion: The Formation of Afro-Brazilian Theology

Roberto Motta

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Abstract

Scholars studying Brazilian religions often tend to evaluate religious movements according to their conformity to the criteria they consider as representative of modernity. Afro-Brazilian religions, in spite of their conspicuous sacrificial character, agree with a certain modernity by both their rejection of the notions of sin and guilt and by being religions of the oppressed. Therefore, thanks to the writings of sociologists and anthropologists, the candomblé religion was invested with highly rationalized theological reinterpretations, as represented for instance by the ase theology. Congresses and conferences, attended by both researchers and priests, function as ecumenical councils during which faith is defined and proclaimed.

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Motta, Roberto. Sociologists Managing Religion:The Formation of Afro-Brazilian Theology. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 1999, vol. 1, no.2, pp. 72-81. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol1/issue2/art4

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