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 20 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 The Theory of Religious Policy 2 The Ideological Basis of Religious Policy in Communist-Type Regimes 3 The Origin and Essence of Methodism 4 Methodists in Poland until 1945 5 The Organization and Ownership of the Methodist Church, 1945–1989 6 The Most Important Figures of the Methodist Church, 1945–1989 7 Agents of Religious Policy towards the Methodist Church 8 The Legal Status of the Methodist Church in 1945 9 The Methodist Mission in Masuria 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 The Religious Policy of the Polish State towards Religious Minorities, 1945–1989
Ryszard Michalak is a Professor in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Zielona Góra, Poland.