By: Edwin David Aponte
An overview of Latino/a spiritualities today--Protestant, Catholic, Pentecostal, and non-Christian and the challenges they bring to Christian theology and ministry.
Given the context of increasing religious pluralism and a burgeoning interest in religions, religiosity, and spirituality within the United States and the knowledge that by the mid-twenty-first century an estimated 100 million Americans will claim Latin origin, an understanding of the varieties of Latino/a spirituality becomes essential. This book focuses on the ways in which Latinos and Latinas participate in the pursuit and practice of the spiritual or holy santo as part of their lived religion. In seven chapters, Aponte explores various understandings of santo and its participation in daily life, rites of passage, and worship.
Edwin David Aponte is research professor of Latino/a and Latin American Christianity at the Center of World Christianity, New York Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian Church USA minister, he is also co-editor of Handbook of Latina/o Theologies and co-author of Introducing Latino/a Theologies.