This book discusses in detail how Orthodox Christianity was involved in and influenced political transition in Ukraine, Serbia, and Georgia after the collapse of communism. Based on original research, including extensive interviews with clergy and parishioners as well as historical, legal, and policy analysis, the book argues that the nature of the involvement of churches in post-communist politics depended on whether the interests of the church (for example, in education, the legal system or economic activity) were accommodated or threatened: if accommodated, churches confined themselves to the sacred domain; if threatened, they engaged in daily politics. If churches competed with each other for organizational interests, they evoked the support of nationalism while remaining within the religious domain.
Table of Contents
Part 1 – Churches and Political Traditions: Historical Contexts and Legacies
1 Church-State Relations in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition
2 Communist Past and Post-Communist Present: Historical and Contextual Variations
Part 2 – Churches and Political Operations: Institutional and Grassroots Accounts
3 Churches and Revolutions in Ukraine, Serbia, and Georgia
4 Being A Prominent Priest in Contemporary Serbia and Georgia
5 "We Are Now the Orthodox!": Religion in Times of War in Ukraine
6 Churches and Public Policy: Discourse vs. Practice
Tornike Metreveli is International Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.