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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.100

New anthropological approaches to social change in Eastern Christianity


  • Dr. Tobias KÖLLNER

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After several decades of self-declared atheism and severe persecutions occurred during the socialist era, the post-socialist period witnessed a particularly profound transformation that saw the reappearance of religion in the public sphere. Although religion did not vanish during socialist times, it retreated to the private sphere and became visible again only during the final years. This so-called religious revival was one of the massive changes the post-socialist states underwent during the restructuring process. In many cases this revival had already started during the late socialist years but gained momentum with the demise of the old system and its atheist ideology. The public expression of religious feeling and affiliations became possible, and new religious groups spread throughout the former socialist states. However, the openness toward religious freedom and the emergence of nontraditional religious groups that characterized the early post-socialist years soon came to an end Traditional religions, in many cases, were ill equipped for religious competition. Their property was saized and the clergy had suffered and lacked the necessary education. Here nontraditional religions had a clear advantage and proselytized with some success. So the new religious freedom turned into open conflicts between different religious groups and led to a deeper involvement of the state. By the end of the first decade, almost all states in the region had introduced measures of some kind to differentiate between traditional and nontraditional religious groups, and to support the former. Accordingly I would like to discuss the results for social solidarity in the region.