The political responsibility of the Protestant churches in Brazil: A post-coup d’état approach towards the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Felipe GK Buttelli, Clint C Le Bruyns


This article grapples with the actual political context internationally, focusing on the Brazilian Coup d’état more specifically. It reflects on the responsibility of the Protestant churches in this watershed experience of the celebration of the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation that happens during a time of crisis. It suggests an apocalyptic approach for theology towards the radical transformation of society, regarding especially the actual crisis of financial Capitalism. It starts from the contextual analyses of Protestantism in Brazilian society, historically and contemporarily. It then reflects on the actual challenges of protestant churches in such a context and suggests some theological assertions towards an apocalyptical theology for the end of Capitalism.


Brazilian Coup d’état; Protestantism in Brazil; Reformation Anniversary; Apocalyptic theology

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