By Kurt Bowen
A sociological survey of Evangelicals in present-day Mexico, comparing the attraction, personality, and destiny development of the Evangelical neighborhood. That neighborhood has grown from virtually 900,000 in 1970 to just about 4,000,000 in 1990; if Evangelical converts all remained trustworthy it can develop into Mexico's domi
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Such sentiments may initially have been slow to emerge. 27 No general sounding of Evangelical opinion is available for this period, but Evangelicals were a striking and voluble minority in the liberal press and clubs that emerged in the 18905 to condemn Diaz's fraudulent elections and his conciliation with the Catholic church. By 1905 the former emphasis on patriotism had been replaced by a new stress on liberty, civil rights, their centrality in Evangelical life, and the many hindrances to their achievement in secular society.
S. From there he proclaimed illegitimate the just-completed elections 31 Historical Background and called for an armed uprising on 20 November. The north, Madero's home and the site of the greatest concentrations of Protestants, was most responsive to his call. One of the first rebel leaders to rise to arms was Pascual Orozco Jr, who had been raised a Methodist in western Chihuahua and who, along with Pancho Villa, provided Madero with his first base in Mexico in his six-month campaign. M. Lopez, both pastors, and Moises Saenz.
The ability to recruit and maintain commitment is the underlying factor that determines how important a force the Evangelical faith is or will be in Mexico. Is it capable of generating sustained commitment among enough Mexicans to make it an agent of transformation in society as a whole? Or is it destined to a permanent status as a small minority? I begin the detailed description needed to answer this question by exploring, in the next chapter, the historical roots and evolution of Mexican Evangelicals.