Church and State: Religious Nationalism and State Identification in Post-Communist Romania

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A&C Black, Apr 21, 2011 - Religion - 272 pages
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Twenty years have passed since the fall of the Iron Curtain, yet emerging democracies continue to struggle with a secular state which does not give preference to churches as major political players. This book explores the nationalist inclinations of an Eastern Orthodox Church as it interacts with a politically immature yet decisively democratic Eastern European state. Discussing the birth pangs of extreme nationalist movements of the twentieth century, it offers a creative retelling of the ideological idiosyncrasies which have characterized Marxist Communism and Nazism. Cristian Romocea provides a constant juxtaposition of the ideological movements as they interacted and affected organized religion, at times seeking to remove it, assimilate it or even imitate it. Of interest to historians, theologians and politicians, this book introduces the reader, through a case study of Romania, to relevant and contemporary challenges churches worldwide are facing in a context characterized by increased secularization of the state and radicalization of religion.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The Orthodox Church in PostCommunist Romania
12
Chapter 2 German Protestantism and Nazism in Third Reich Germany
44
Chapter 3 From Caesaropapism to Religious Nationalism
72
Chapter 4 Nationalist Orthodoxy and the Romanian State
109
Chapter 5 The MarxistOrthodox Symbiosis
149
Barth and Stăniloae
180
Toward a Theology of Permanent Revolution
214
Bibliography
220
Index
243
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Cristian Romocea is Assistant Professor at Evandeoski Teoloski Fakultet Osijek, Croatia.

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