The Methodist Church in Poland
Activity and Political Conditions, 1945–1989
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This book explores the development and activity of the Methodist Church in Poland, focusing on the political conditions under which it functioned after 1945. In particular it considers the role of party and state power, and the nature and impact of religious policy towards the Church. The chapters touch on organizational issues, missionary activity, and key figures in the recent history of the Church. Drawing on more than twenty years of research on Polish methodism and the increasing availability of archival material, this volume will be of interest to scholars of religion, politics, and history.
Table of Contents
1 Religious policy – theory of the phenomenon
2 The ideological basis of the religious policy in communist-type regimes
3 The origin and the essence of Methodism
4 Methodists in Poland until 1945
5 Organization and ownership of the Methodist Church in the years 1945-1989
6 The most important figures of the Methodist Church in the years 1945-1989
7 Subjects of religious policy towards the Methodist Church
8 The question of the legal status of the Methodist Church in 1945
9 The Masurian Mission of Methodists
10 From the world to local politics. Operation "Moda"
11 "Conservatives" and "democrats". Factional fights within Methodism
12 "The Masurian Case". Second stage
13 From liquidation to rationing policy. Operation "Methodius" ("Metody")
14 Characteristics of the Religious Policy of the Polish State Towards Religious Minorities in the Years 1945-1989
Ryszard Michalak is a Professor in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Zielona Góra, Poland.