The Struggle of Hungarian Lutherans Under Communism

The Struggle of Hungarian Lutherans Under Communism

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What does a religious community do when confronted by a political regime determined to eliminate religion? Under communism, Hungary's persecuted Lutheran Church tried desperately to find a strategy for survival while remaining faithful to its Christian beliefs. Appealing to the Lutheran Confessions, many argued that the church can do whatever is necessary to survive provided it does not compromise on its essential ministry, while others, appealing to the witness of the confessor Bishop Lajos Ordass, argued that the church must uncompromisingly witness to the truth even if that means ecclesiological extinction. Here, H. David Baer draws upon the disciplines of theology, history, ethics, and politics to provide a comprehensive analysis of the different strategies developed by the church to preserve its integrity. Relying on previously unnoted archival documents and other primary sources, Baer's telling of the history is also a sensitive and moving account of courage and cowardice in the face of religious persecution. This book should be of interest not only to students of religion in Eastern Europe but also to anyone concerned about the problems that arise wherever there is religious persecution.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 157.5 x 241.3 x 17.8mm | 430.92g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 7 b&w photos, bib., index
  • 1585444804
  • 9781585444809
  • 2,457,241

About H. David Baer

H. DAVID BAER, who holds a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame, is an assistant professor of theology and philosophy at Texas Lutheran University. He lived in Hungary for four years.show more

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"There is no proper, objective history of Hungary's Lutheran community during the state-socialist era. The author is a fine scholar and his mastery of the subject shines through every page. This unique book is a major contribution and fills a large gap in the literature."--Zoltan Barany, University of Texasshow more