Eastern Christianity and Human Security in Postwar Europe

Lucian N. Leustean

in Religion and Human Security

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827732
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950553 | DOI:
Eastern Christianity and Human Security in Postwar Europe

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This chapter reveals the complex and subtle relationship between Orthodox religion and communist regimes that sought either to destroy the church or to use it for their own purposes. The eventual failure of these regimes was due, at least in part, to their underestimation of the contributions made by Orthodoxy to the human security of its people. This chapter argues that religious communities form just one of the primary actors in securing the welfare, rights, and social desires of their constituents. It provides a broad background of the relationship of religion to the communist regimes, the ways in which the churches responded to these regimes, and a detailed account of how the Romanian church survived amid communist political powers. Indeed, the church's involvement in both domestic and foreign politics continues to create a primary source of human security in contemporary Eastern Europe more generally.

Keywords: Orthodox religion; communist regimes; human security; religious communities; religion; Romanian church; Eastern Europe

Chapter.  6125 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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