CARTA ABIERTA A LOS MINISTROS PROTESTANTES DE QUERETARO. COLON, SEPTIEMBRE DE 1883.
Salazar, Hilario, et al.
Colon, [Queretaro]: 1883.  p., autograph letter signed, a closed tear to the bottom of the page, paper has been repaired in some places but does not interfere with legibility, boards, brown cloth with gold lettering, decorated endpapers. Very Good Hardcover A letter, signed by several dozen members of the Mexican clergy, denouncing the arrival of protestant ministries in Queretaro. The undersigned address their strongly worded letter towards protestant missionaries, preachers, evangelists and other sorts of proselytizers, and at one point even pose the question "why do you come to Mexico?" The declaration accuses protestants of taking advantage of an uneducated population to spread blasphemous beliefs that decimate core Christian values. These statements bear political undertones, as protestantism was seen as an anti-Catholic "pedagogy of radical liberalism" (Bastian) that threatened social, religious and political upheaval. In his article "Las sociedades protestantes y la oposicion a Porfirio Diaz, 1877-1911," Jean Pierre Bastian counts 239 protestant organizations nation-wide in 1882. By 1914, according to the Missionary Review of the World published that year, only one protestant social organization remained in the entire state of Queretaro. (Item ID: 170180)