Liberals, Conservatives, and Mavericks

On Christian Churches of Eastern Europe since 1980 (A Festschrift for Sabrina P. Ramet)
ISBN: 
978-963-386-457-9
cloth
$95.00 / €80.00 / £68.00
Publication date: 
2022
December, 370 pages

No Church is monolithic—this is the preliminary premise of this volume on the public place of religion in a representative number of post-communist countries. The studies confirm that within any religious organization we can expect to find fissures, factions, theological or ideological quarrels, and perhaps even competing interest groups, such as missionary workers, regular clergy versus secular clergy, and sometimes even competing ecclesiastical hierarchies. The main focus of the book rests on the divisions arising within select Christian Churches, as they confront the processes of secularization and atheization. The coverage area includes Russia and the Ukraine, East-Central Europe and South-Eastern Europe. Some chapters focus on individual clergy who challenge the mainstream of their given Church either from a more liberal or from a more conservative perspective, while others deal with the divisive forces impacting the religious organizations.
This festschrift to honor Sabrina Ramet’s seminal contribution to the study of religion in the politics of the communist and post-communist world, brings together several generations of scholars from a variety of countries, both those well established in their fields of study as well as young promising academics.

INTRODUCTION
Zachary Irwin 

KYRILL AND THE 21ST CENTURY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Jerry Pankhurst & Alar Kilp 

THE PATRIARCH FILARET AND THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET UKRAINE
Kathryn David 

RADIO MARYJA AND FR. RYDZYK AS CREATOR OF THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC IDEOLOGY
Ireneusz Krzeminski 

THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE PRIEST: CARDINAL DOMINIK DUKA, TOMAS HALIK AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE CZECH CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE ERA OF ATHEIZATION
Frank Cibulka 

ONE GOD, ONE BISHOP, ONE NATION. THE MAKING OF CATHOLIC HIERARCHY IN POST-SOCIALIST SLOVAKIA
Agáta Šustová-Drelová 

HUNGARIAN CHURCH ON THE MARGINS: GABOR IVANYI AND THE HUNGARIAN EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP
Christopher P. Adam 

RELIGIOUS ISSUES AND CHURCH-STATE RELATIONS IN EASTERN GERMANY
Robert Goeckel 

THE DERAILED CHRISTIAN MISSION: NEOLIBERAL GLOBALIZATION CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTORY IN POST-COMMUNIST ALBANIA
Isa Blumi 

NORTH MACEDONIA AND THE COSTLY STRUGGLE FOR AUTOCEPHALY
Zachary Irwin 

IN DEFENSE OF DARWIN: IS THERE A LIBERAL WING OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH? 
Milan Vukomanovic 

THE SLOVENE CATHOLIC CHURCH YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Jože Pirjevec 

CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CROATIA: LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND SOCIAL FUNCTION
Sinisa Zrinscak & Frane Stanicic 

GHORGHE CALCIU-DUMITREASA, THE FORGOTTEN ANTICOMMUNIST DISSIDENT
Lavinia Stan & Lucian Turcescu 

GLOBAL AND LOCAL IN THE RESPONSE OF ORTHODOX CHURCHES TO THE FIRST WAVE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE CASE OF BULGARIA
Daniela Kalkandjieva 

REFLECTIONS ON THE ROLE & FUNCTIONS OF RELIGION IN EASTERN EUROPE AND ELSWHERE
Sabrina P. Ramet 

OVERVIEW OF SABRINA RAMET’S CAREER AND WORKS
Aleksander Zdravkovski

CONCLUSION
Frank Cibulka