“Brazil above everything, God above everyone.” There are reasons, deeply entrenched in Brazilian society, why Jair Bolsonaro’s election motto worked so well. For decades, the country was known for being home to the largest Catholic population in the world: 65 percent of Brazilians in 2010, per the Pew Research Center. But while the number of Catholics are shrinking in the country, it is by no means because the country is becoming less religious. Instead, it is connected to the advance of Evangelical Christianity.
Make no mistake: Brazil remains a God-fearing country.