Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This study is the result of the contributions, support, and encouragement of many individuals. Dr. Edwin Sylvest consistently challenged me to move from the periphery to the heart of this study. His enlightened perspective on Hispanic Christianity made him an excellent and engaging dialogue partner. Through his unique style of...

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1: Introduction

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pp. 1-11

The Reverend Roberto G

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2: The Tejano/a Catholic Worldview

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pp. 12-26

To understand the complex socioreligious identity of los Protestantes, it is necessary to explore the worldview and ethos of Mexican-American Catholicism.1 The worldview and ethos of a people is shaped in part by their historical and political experiences. In the case of Te-janos/as, Texans of Hispanic descent, their religion was influenced by...

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3: ‘‘Onward Christian Soldiers’’ Anglo-Protestant Missionaries

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pp. 27-44

The hymn ‘‘Onward Christian Soldiers’’ concisely expresses the worldview of the church militant. As Protestant worshippers sang this hymn, they appropriated the Protestant-American ethos of the missionary enterprise—the centrifugal thrust of evangelical Protestantism. This chapter focuses on these forms of piety and mission ini-...

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4: ‘‘Jesus Is All the World to Me’’Los Protestantes’ Appropriation of Anglo-American Protestantism

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pp. 45-77

The popular hymn ‘‘Jesus Is All the World to Me’’ emphasizes for Protestants the significance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.1 This emphasis on a personal relationship with Christ was transmitted to Spanish-speaking converts so effectively that they in turn exhibited a strong piety toward Christ. This personal relationship...

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5: ‘‘Jesús Es Mi Rey Soberano’’ The Mexican-American Character of los Protestantes

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pp. 78-114

One of the most popular hymns among los Protestantes, ‘‘Jesús Es Mi Rey Soberano,’’ was written in 1920 by a renowned Mexican Methodist minister and composer of hymns, Dr.Vicente Mendoza.1 Until the1930s, Spanish-speaking Protestants sang hymns that had been com-posed in Europe and the United States and then translated into Spanish....

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6: ¿‘‘Somos Uno en el Espíritu’’? The Relationship between los Protestantes and Catholicism

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pp. 115-136

‘‘We Are One in the Spirit,’’ a popular hymn with a Native American melody, gives voice to the desire for unity among all peoples.1 In its Spanish translation, it has become popular among Spanish-speaking persons in the United States. Yet, the theme of unity and fellowship among Hispanic Protestants and Catholics could not even be conceived...

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7: Conclusion

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pp. 137-146

From the start, Anglo-American Protestants perceived as their mission among the Spanish-speaking the assimilation and absorption of Mexican Americans into mainstream society. To this end, they inculcated in los Protestantes a worldview, along with corresponding attitudes, values, celebrations, and behaviors, that was as much Anglo American as it was Protestant. They offered the Spanish-speaking...

Appendix A: Institutional History of the Rio Grande Annual Conference

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pp. 147-151

Appendix B: Institutional History of the Mexican Baptist Convention of Texas

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pp. 152-156

Appendix C: Institutional History of the Texas-Mexican Presbytery

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pp. 157-160

Appendix D: M

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pp. 161-167

Appendix E: Course of Study Readings for Ordination for Spanish-Speaking Methodists

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pp. 168-171

Appendix F: ‘‘Hispanic Creed’’

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pp. 172-174

Notes

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pp. 175-214

Bibliography

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pp. 215-232

Index

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pp. 233-246