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Church History Seminar - RET3054A
Title: Church History Seminar (English)
Guaranteed by: Department of Church History (27-CD)
Faculty: Protestant Theological Faculty
Actual: from 2023 to 2023
Semester: winter
Points: 4
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/2, C(+Ex) [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: RET3054
Note: you can enroll for the course repeatedly
course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Pieter Cornelis Adrianus Morée, Dr.
The communist regime after the Second World War had the aim to suppress and eventually ban religion and churches from society. They implemented a system of oppression, but they also successfully used the churches for their aims of propaganda. Which were the main stages, how did the churches in Czechoslovakia or in other European countries react?
Last update: Morée Pieter Cornelis Adrianus, Dr. (05.09.2018)
Aim of the course

To gain knowledge about the situation of the churches between 1945 and 1989 and the specific dilemmas this reality put before them, i.e. especially in communist Czechoslovakia, with some comparison to other European countries.

Last update: MORAVEC (01.03.2012)

Abrams, Bradley F., The struggle for the soul of the nation: Czech culture and the rise of communism, New York 2004.

Jurjen A. Zeilstra, European Unity in Ecumenical Thinking, 1937-1948, Zoetermeer 1995

W.A. Visser 't Hooft, Memoirs, Geneva 1987

Luděk Brož (ed.), Yesterday and today: a survey of Czechoslovak protestantism, Praha 1955

J. L. Hromádka, The Church and theology in today's troubled times: a Czechoslovak contribution to ecumenical discussions, Praha 1956

Josef L. Hromadka, Thoughts of a Czech pastor, London 1970

Joseph L. Hromadka, Theologie und Kirche zwischen gestern und morgen, Neukirchen 1960

Josef L. Hromadka, Looking history in the face, Madras 1982

J.L. Hromadka, Save man, peace is possible: memorandum of the President of the CPC to the third All-Christian Peace Assembly, Prague 1968

Milan Salajka, Our time: from the ecumenical legacy of J. L. Hromadka, Praha 1978

Christian existence in dialogue : doing theology in all seasons: in memory and appreciation of Josef L. Hromadka, Geneva 1990.

Matthew Spinka, Church in communist society : a study in J. L. Hromadka's theological politics, Hartford 1954

Charles C. West, Communism and the theologians: study of an encounter, New York 1958

J.M. Lochman, The service of the church in a socialist society, in: Harvey G. Cox, The Church amid revolution : a selection of the essays prepared for the World Council of Churches Geneva Conference on Church and Society, New York 1967, p. 48-69

Jan Milic Lochman, Church in a Marxist society: a Czechoslovak view, New York 1970

Jan Milic Lochman, Encountering Marx: bonds and barriers between Christians and Marxists, Belfast 1977

CSSR, zur Lage der Evangelischen Kirche der Böhmischen Brüder: eine Dokumentation, Institut Glaube in der 2. Welt, 1978

Jakub S. Trojan, Entfremdung und Nachfolge: zwei theologisch-politische Essays, München 1980

Božena Komárková, Human Rights and the Rise of the Secular Age, Benešov 2003

Steven Saxonberg, The Fall: a comparative study of the end of communism in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary and Poland, Amsterdam 2001

John P. Burgess, The East German church and the end of communism, New York 1997

David Caute, The fellow-travellers: intellectual friends of communism, New Haven 1988

Arnold Luknic, Ecumenical Theology of Josef L. Hromadka, 1911-1939, St.Louis 1983 (manuscript)

Living as a christian in today`s world, Praha 1981

Joseph Hromadka, Wir Christen und die Atheisten, in: Wir Christen und die Atheisten, Darmstadt 1959

Joseph Hromadka, Evangelium fur Atheisten, Berlin 1960.

Josef L. Hromadka, Kirche und Theologie im Umbruch der Gegenwart, Hamburg 1961

Adalbert Hudak, Die Prager Friedenskonferenz: Kirche und kommunistischer Totalstaat in der Begegnung, Munchen 1964

Gerhard Bassarak, e.a., Antikommunismus und Proexistenz, Berlin 1965

Be Ruys (ed), Stimmen aus der Kirche in der DDR, Zurich 1967

Josef L. Hromadka, Mein Leben zwischen Ost und West, Zurich 1971

Jan Milic Lochman, Marx begegnen: was Christen und Marxisten eint und trennt, Gutersloh 1977

Josef L. Hromadka, Der Geschichte ins Gesicht sehen: evangelische und politische Interpretationen der Wirklichkeit, ausgewahlt und herausgegeben von Martin Stohr, Munchen 1977

Last update: MORAVEC (01.03.2012)
Teaching methods


Last update: MORAVEC (01.03.2012)

Czechoslovakia after the war; Europe and the Ecumenical Movement; the World Council of Churches; the Czech Churches and the Church laws; official perceptions of the Czech churches in the 1950s; J.L. Hromádka; reactions to Hromádka; the dialog between christians and marxist; normalization and religion; the dissident movement; the churches and the transition.

Last update: MORAVEC (01.03.2012)
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