Religion, State and Society in the Transformations of the Twentieth Century

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Gerhard Besier

Modernization, Innovation and Decline

ISBN 978-3-8258-0980-5
Band-Nr. 1
Jahr 2007
Seiten 360
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The established churches and religious communities were deeply involved in
the transition processes of the twentieth Century. Their behavior did not
increase its credibility in Europe yet. Churches and their pastors played
an important part in the implementation of the „political religion“ of
nationalism. During the National Socialism as well as during the Cold War
Christian religious communities were often used as political pawns. In
both cases, National Socialism and Communism, the church leadership worked
closely with the repressive Systems and tried to win the people over to
the dictatorships‘ ideologies. That’s why the history of the religious
transition process is – with a few exceptions such as that of
Poland – a history of the de-christianizing of Europe. This is just one
of many ways in which Europe differs from the United States.