The Polish Orthodox Church in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Prisoner of History

By (author) Edward D. Wynot Jr.

Hardback - £75.00

Publication date:

05 December 2014

Length of book:

138 pages

Publisher

Lexington Books

ISBN-13: 9780739198841

The Polish Orthodox Church in the Twentieth Century and Beyond: Prisoner of History shows the adaptability of an Orthodox community whose members are a religious and ethnic minority in a predominantly Roman Catholic country populated by ethnic Poles. It features a triangular relationship among the Orthodox and Catholic hierarchies and the secular state of Poland throughout the changes of government. A secondary interrelationship involves the tense relationship between ethnic Poles on one hand, and minority Ukrainians and Belarusans on the other. As a “prisoner” of its own history and strangers in its own land, the Polish Orthodox Church faces a constant struggle for survival.

The author tells a fascinating story of this church as a part of broader issues of religion’s accommodation to demands of secular politics . . . The research base is extensive, including documents from Polish state archives, published sources, and newspapers and magazines of the period.