Nihil Obstat: Religion, Politics, and Social Change in East-Central Europe and Russia

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Duke University Press, 1998 - Religion - 424 pages
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Nihil Obstat—Latin for "nothing stands in the way"—examines the interplay between religion and politics in East-Central Europe and Russia. While focusing on the postcommunist, late twentieth century, Sabrina P. Ramet discusses developments as far back as the eleventh century to explain the patterns that have developed over time and to show how they still affect contemporary interecclesiastical relations as well as those among Church, state, and society.
Based on interview research in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Macedonia, and on materials published in German, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, and English, Ramet paints a clear picture of the political and religious fragility of former communist states, which are experiencing some aspects of freedom and choice for the first time. With its comprehensive discussion of the largest religious institutions in the area, especially the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, and its extensive survey of nontraditional religious associations that have become active in the region since 1989, this study makes a distinct contribution to growing discussions about the rise of fundamentalism and the inner dilemmas of modernity. With its depth of information and thoughtful exploration of cultural traditions, Nihil Obstat uniquely presents the ramifications and complexities of European religion in a postcommunist world.
 

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Contents

The Communist Legacy and the New Religious
3
Phases in Communist Religious Policy
10
The Northern Tier
51
Catholicism and National Culture in Poland Hungary
90
The Catholic Church Among the Czechs and Slovaks
121
Nation and Religion in Yugoslavia
147
Romanias Orthodox Church
181
Albanias Triple Heritage
202
Ukraines Fractious Churches
246
The New Evangelism in Postcommunist
265
A Contrast of the Bulgarian
275
The Rise of Nontraditional Religions
308
The Nature of ReligioPolitical Interaction
335
Notes
341
Index
409
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The Russian Orthodox Church in Transition
229

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About the author (1998)

Sabrina P. Ramet is Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Social Currents in Eastern Europe (Duke University Press).

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