Long assumed to be the unchanging and unquestioned bulwark of established power and privilege, religion has diversified and flourished while taking on new social and political roles in more open   societies.  How did this change occur?   Why did churches in the region embrace new ideas about rights, sponsor social movements, and become advocates for democracy? How were they affected by the violence of recent years and what role did they play in post violence reconciliation? What further changes are on the horizon? In his new book, Politics, Religion, and Society in Latin America (Lynne Rienner Publishers), Daniel H. Levine addresses these issues, uniquely situating the Latin American experience in a rich theoretical and comparative context.