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Religious memory and age: European diversity in historical experience of Christianity

Peter G. Coleman, Marie Gianelli, Marie A. Mills and Ignat Petrov

in Belief and ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424600
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301530 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424600.003.0007
Religious memory and age: European diversity in historical experience of Christianity

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This chapter presents studies conducted in Eastern and Southern Europe to illustrate both the persistence of religious belief under persecution, often thanks to the stubborn witness of older people, and the significance for the family as well as for the community, of religious memories. It describes European religious history as extremely complex, thus, capable of providing the opportunity for comparative perspectives on belief and ageing. It notes that recent increased migration has brought greater acquaintance with different forms of Christianity within Eastern Europe, and also a greater appreciation of the suffering of religious believers under repression by Communist governments.

Keywords: Christianity; Eastern Europe; Southern Europe; persecution; religious memories; religious history; belief; ageing; Communist governments

Chapter.  11962 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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