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Michael J. Schuck and John Crowley-Buck

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.001.0001

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Christianity and Politics in Post-Soviet Lithuania: Between Totalitarian Experience and Democracy

Christianity and Politics in Post-Soviet Lithuania: Between Totalitarian Experience and Democracy

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(p.56) Christianity and Politics in Post-Soviet Lithuania: Between Totalitarian Experience and Democracy
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Democracy, Culture, Catholicism
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Nerija Putinaitė

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.003.0004

For fifty years, the Soviet ideological apparatus sought to erase the influence of Christianity from the Lithuanian people. Putinaitė outlines two ways this policy was pursued: by stressing Marx’s notion of religion as the ‘opium of the people’ and by emphasizing Lithuania’s pre-Christian cultural identity. Now, over twenty years after Lithuanian independence, the effects of this atheistic indoctrination are evident in the weak attachment young people have to Christianity and the ineffectual role of Christian political parties, leaders, churches in the new democracy. This complex and weakened relationship between Christianity and contemporary Lithuania politics was illustrated in the national debate over the ‘National Concept of Family Policy.’ Here, a ‘traditional’ understanding of marriage and family was defeated by an anti-Christian rhetoric devoid of reasoned, civil debate.

Keywords:   atheistic indoctrination, Christianity, Christian political parties, cultural identity, ideology, National Concept of Family Policy, opium of the people

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