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Did Communism Kill Religion in Eastern Europe?

Did Communism Kill Religion in Eastern Europe?
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Copyright: 2021
Pages: 14
Source title: Impact of Political Socialization on the Support for Democratic Principles: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Allison Clark Ellis (University of South Carolina Upstate, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4291-0.ch004

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Abstract

This chapter examines how religion was affected by communism and how religious the Czech Republic and Hungary are today. It looks at how communist policy impacted various aspects of religion, including religious education and religious practices such as baptism and weddings. The chapter then analyzes current levels of religiosity in the Czech Republic and Hungary and discusses them in relation to religiosity in Western Europe. It is concluded that while religiosity in the Czech Republic is especially low, this may be due more to secularization than its communist legacy. Hungary's levels of religiosity are more in line with the rest of Eastern Europe and, given the government's recent inclusion of Christian values in public education, could potentially increase.

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