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The 'Conservative Revolutionaries' : The Protestant and Catholic Churches in Germany after Radical Political Change in the 1990s - Barbara Theriault

The 'Conservative Revolutionaries'

The Protestant and Catholic Churches in Germany after Radical Political Change in the 1990s

Hardcover Published: 25th October 2004
ISBN: 9781571816672
Number Of Pages: 200

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During the forty years of division, the Protestant and Catholic churches in Germany were the only organizations to retain strong ties and organizational structures: they embodied continuity in a country marked by discontinuity. As such, the churches were both expected to undergo smooth and rapid institutional consolidation and undertake an active role in the public realm of the new eastern German states in the 1990s. Yet critical voices were heard over the West German system of church-state relations and the public role it confers on religious organizations, and critics often expressed the idea that despite all their difficulties, something precious was lost in the collapse of the German democratic republic. Against this backdrop, the author delineates the conflicting conceptions of the Protestant and Catholic churches' public role and pays special attention to the East German model, or what is generally termed the "positive experiences of the GDR and the Wende."

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..".an intelligent and generally insightful analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing Protest and Catholic churches following the collapse of the German Democratic Republic...this book is unquestionably a valuable addition to the literature on religion and society in modern Germany." - German Quarterly

..".a compelling understanding of both the institutional and cultural issues involved with unification...Perhaps the most interesting finding of this work is the extent ot which the religious orientation of the SED state, that is separation between church and state, lives onin the institution that was most vocally opposed to the state - the Protestant Church." - German Studies Review

Tablesp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Genesis of Church Models
Church models as Guiding metaphors and Organizing Principlesp. 9
The Catholic and Protestant Guiding Metaphors in the GDRp. 15
The Transformation of Church Models
The "Politics of Institutionalization": An Analytical Introductionp. 49
The Pastoral Care of Soldiers and Conscripts: A Paradigmatic Debatep. 58
Religious Instruction: Living in a Secular Worldp. 89
Social Welfare Provisions: At the Institutional Peripheryp. 114
Conclusionp. 138
Appendixesp. 143
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9781571816672
ISBN-10: 1571816674
Series: Monographs in German History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 25th October 2004
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39