edited by: Ines Angeli Murzaku
published by: A. Longo Editore
pp: 272
ISBN: 978-88-8063-610-6
price: € 25.00

The book presents the newest research and thought on religion in Eastern Europe. The invited authors analyze the radically changed religious situation in the former communist countries and give some perspectives on the future of religious co-existence in the area. This volume provides accurate source material for scholars, area specialists, and students interested in the region. The invited authors, among the best internationally recognized scholars in the field, present sophisticated analysis of common religiously motivated patterns that have historically faced and are facing the region.

This important and timely new book, superbly edited by Ines Angeli Murzaku and with contributions from leading scholars in the field of Eastern European religion and ethnicity, deserves the widest possible readership. Theoretically sophisticated and historically acute, it offers a country-by-country analysis of one of the greatest challenges of the contemporary world: how to accommodate, within the new Europe, some of the oldest and most divisive tensions known to man. In considering the prospects for dialogue between and within religions in one part of modern Europe, this immensely solid volume asks profound questions about the nature of modernity itself. (Dermot Quinn, Professor of History at Seton Hall University, USA)

The book is a critically needed contribution to a vastly neglected area. The major religion of Eastern Europe is, of course, Orthodox Christianity. Westerners tend to be almost totally ignorant of its present, let alone its history, and the fact that Eastern Europe was the cradle of Christianity, and indeed of Europe itself! Much of Eastern Europe has today already been incorporated in the European Union, and most of the rest of it is on its future docket. However, much of the history and current situation of the melange of religions and cultures of the region is largely terra incognita. The authors-all specialists-shed much needed light on this bubbling cauldron. Professor Ines Angeli Murzaku has rendered a great service in bringing them together in this volume. We Westerners would do well to follow the command sent to our fellow Westerner, Augustine: Tolle, lege! (Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue, Temple University, USA)

Table of Contents
Foreword by Ines Angeli Murzaku

Part One – Some Theoretical Observations
Ines Angeli Murzaku, The Changing Face of Europe: Prospects and Problems on the Path for a United Europe
Paul Mojzes, Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue in Eastern Europe
James R. Payton, Jr. , Religion, Nationalism, and National Identities
Thomas Bremer, The Official Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Churches
Jean-François Mayer, A Field Ripe for Harvest Missionaries and New Religious Movements in Eastern Europe
Lavinia Stan, Church-State Relations and Secularism in Eastern Europe
James T. Richardson, Protection of Religious Minorities in Former Communist States with Dominant Religions

Part Two – Country-Specific Case Studies Central and Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Republics
Walter Sawatsky, Teaching about the Other. Inter-church Dialogue for Russian/Ukrainian Christianity
Krystyna Górniak-Kocikowska, A New Challenge. Poland and its Churchin the Global Society of the Post-communist Era
Srečo Dragoš, Religious Freedom in Slovenia

Part Three – Country-Specific Case Studies The Balkans
Bert Groen, Religion in Bulgaria after the Second World War
James Pettifer, The Gligorov Regime in Former Yugoslav Macedonia and the Development of Religion
Aleksa Ivanovic, Religious Tolerance in Montenegro. The Challenges of the Post-Communist Period
Lucian Turcescu and Lavinia Stan, Religion and Politics in Post-Communist Romania
Angela Ilić, Serbia: The Role of Religion in Society from 1990 to the Present