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ISBN: 9781783682065
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 12
Publication Date: 14/01/2017
Pages: 216
Language: English

Taking Up the Mantle

Latin American Evangelical Theology in the 20th Century


In “Taking Up the Mantle” Dr Daniel Salinas helps the reader understand the development of Latin American evangelical theological thought over the past hundred years. Salinas challenges new generations to pick up the task of contextually living out the biblical message, learning from the example of the godly men and women that came before them. History is full of faithful servants who read their Bibles and their surroundings to communicate the message for the church and the world, and this ‘double listening’, as John Stott referred to it, is required today. From the Panama Congress of 1916 to the end of the millennium, this book introduces us to figures from the Latin American church and encourages us to continue their legacy today.

Author Bios

J. Daniel Salinas

J. DANIEL SALINAS has a PhD in Historical Theology from Trinity International University, Illinois, USA. He has served in IFES student ministry in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay and has been a lecturer in many other Latin American countries. Currently he is the International Partnership Coordinator for the Theological Education Initiative, a programme of United World Mission. Born in Bogota, Colombia, and raised in an evangelical home, Daniel is married to Gayna and they have three children.


I find Taking Up the Mantle an exhilarating story, competently and courageously told by an insider who has managed a historian’s appropriate distance. It deserves to be read widely and must now be considered the standard English-language treatment of a story that, one trusts, has only begun.

Rev David A. Baer, PhD
President & CEO,
Overseas Council, Indianapolis

In this original work, J. Daniel Salinas corrects at least two major misconceptions about Latin American theological reflection – that its only expression is liberation theology and that it has been mostly non-existent in evangelical circles. This is a must read to get a comprehensive perspective on Latin American evangelical theologies during the twentieth century.

Elizabeth Sendek, MA
Biblical Seminary of Colombia, Medellin, Colombia

The sober message is that while these Latin American scholars and leaders have been exemplary – and in many ways successful – many challenges remain. Salinas’s work underscores the reality that the task of developing a Latin American evangelical theology remains a current and ongoing challenge.

John G. Bernard, DMin
President, United World Mission

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Abbreviations

    1. Introduction

    2. Beginnings

    3. The First Generation of Latin American Evangelicals Doing Theology: From Panama 1916 to Buenos Aires 1946

    4. The Second Generation: From Buenos Aires 1949 to Cochabamba 1970

    5. Evangelicals Searching for Their Identity and Theology: The Seventies and Eighties

    6. Definition and Maturity

    7. Conclusion

  4. Bibliography
  5. Index