Raimundo César Barreto, Jr. - Princeton Theological Seminary
Raimundo César Barreto, Jr. PhD

Raimundo César Barreto, Jr.

Associate Professor of World Christianity


333 Lenox House

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Raimundo César Barreto, Jr., PhD ’06, is an associate professor of World Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned a PhD in religion and society from the same school, and holds degrees from Mercer University and Seminário Teológico Batista do Norte do Brasil. Prior to teaching at Princeton Seminary, he taught in his native Brazil and served as director of freedom and justice at the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). He remains involved in ecumenical and interfaith work, contributing in different capacities with the American Baptist Churches USA, the Baptist World Alliance, the National Council of Churches USA, and the World Council of Churches. His teaching and research span multiple fields and disciplines, including world Christianity, ecumenical and intercultural studies, Latin American/Latinx religion, and liberation and decolonial theologies. His most recent publications include Protesting Poverty: Protestants, Social Ethics and the Poor in Brazil. Baylor University Press, 2023), and the co-edited volumes World Christianity, Urbanization, and Identity (Fortress Press, 2021), Migration and Public Discourse in World Christianity (Fortress Press, 2019), and Decolonial Christianities: Latin American and Latinx Perspectives (Palgrave/McMillan, 2019). Barreto is the general editor of the series World Christianity and Public Religion (Fortress Press), and a co-editor of the Journal of World Christianity. He is also one of the conveners of the Princeton World Christianity Conference. Barreto is currently finalizing the monograph Base Ecumenism: A Latin American Contribution to Ecumenical Praxis and Theology (Fortress Press). His impending work also includes the book Christians in the City of São Paulo: The Shaping of World Christianity in a Brazilian Megacity (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.).

Select Publications

  • “Ex- and Post-Evangelicalism: Recent Developments in Brazil’s Changing Religious Landscape,” International Journal of Public Theology 16 (2022): 191-216. With Fabio Py.
  • “The Challenge for Christian Unity and Reconciliation Today from a Decolonial Perspective,” International Review of Mission 111/1 (2022): 70-87.
  • “The International Missionary Council: From Lake Mohonk 1921 to New Delhi 1961,” in Together in the Mission of God: Jubilee Reflections on the International Missionary Council, edited by Risto Jukko (Geneva: WCC Publications, 2022), 31-58.
  • “Brazil,” in Christianity in Latin America and the Caribbean, Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity, edited by Kenneth Ross, Ana Maria Bidengain and Todd Johnson (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022), 91-110.
  • “Racism and Religious Intolerance: A Critical Analysis of the Coloniality of Brazilian Christianity,” Mission Studies 38 (2021): 398-423.
  • “Suffering, Injustice, and Interfaith Relations: A Latin American Perspective,” Current Dialogue 73/5 (2021): 834-848.
  • “The Prophet and the Poet: Richard Shaull and the Shaping of Rubem Alves’s Liberative Theopoetics,” Religions12 (2021): 251. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040251.
  • “Granting Full Citizenship to Latin American Christianities in World Christianity,” in World Christianity: History, Methodologies, Horizons, edited by Jehu Hanciles (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2021), 138-157.
  • “Vatican II, Medellin, and Latin American Ecumenism: a Brazilian Protestant Perspective,” Journal of World Christianity 9/2 (2019): 187-202.
  • “Brazil’s Black Christianity and the Counterhegemonic Production of Knowledge in World Christianity,” Studies in World Christianity 25/1 (2019): 71-94.
  • “Human Rights Discourse and Interculturality: Insights from the Margins,” Reflexus: Revista de Teologia e Ciências da Religião, Volume XII, no. 20 (2018/2), 543-565.