The crossroads of religion and development
Scott, Blake Charles
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This thesis explores how Evangelical Christians - logistically, financially, and theologically - aided the Guatemalan army’s counterinsurgency campaign in the Ixil region in 1982 and 1983. By consulting newspaper articles, presidential speeches, governmental and non-governmental reports, along with a variety of other primary source documents from the United States and Guatemala, I argue 1) the Ríos Montt government turned to Evangelical Christianity to aid its anti-communist and neoliberal development programs in the Ixil region. And 2) U.S and Guatemalan Evangelical missionaries willfully embraced their role as "spiritual soldiers",legitimizing the Guatemalan army through theological teachings.