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Faith and Fatherland: Catholicism, Modernity, and Poland

Faith and Fatherland: Catholicism, Modernity, and Poland

by Brian Porter-SzucsBrian Porter-Szucs


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Jesus instructed his followers to "love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you" (Luke 6:27-28). Not only has this theme long been among the Church's most oft-repeated messages, but in everything from sermons to articles in the Catholic press, it has been consistently emphasized that the commandment extends to all humanity. Yet, on numerous occasions in the twentieth century, Catholics have established alliances with nationalist groups promoting ethnic exclusivity, anti-Semitism, and the use of any means necessary in an imagined "struggle for survival." While some might describe this as mere hypocrisy, Faith and Fatherland analyzes how Catholicism and nationalism have been blended together in Poland, from Nazi occupation and Communist rule to the election of Pope John Paul II and beyond.

It is usually taken for granted that Poland is a Catholic nation, but in fact the country's apparent homogeneity is a relatively recent development, supported as much by ideology as demography. To fully contextualize the fusion between faith and fatherland, Brian Porter-cs-concepts like sin, the Church, the nation, and the Virgin Mary-ultimately showing how these ideas were assembled to create a powerful but hotly contested form of religious nationalism. By no means was this outcome inevitable, and it certainly did not constitute the only way of being Catholic in modern Poland. Nonetheless, the Church's ongoing struggle to find a place within an increasingly secular European modernity made this ideological formation possible and gave many Poles a vocabulary for social criticism that helped make sense of grievances and injustices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195399059
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/03/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Brian Porter-Sz csis Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of When Nationalism Began to Hate: Imagining Modern Politics in Nineteenth-Century Poland (OUP, 2000), which won the Oskar Halecki Award of the Polish Institute for Arts and Sciences in America and the Polish Studies Association Award, and co-editor of Christianity and Modernity in Eastern Europe.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Church
Ch. 2: Sin
Ch. 3: Modernity
Ch. 4: The Person and Society
Ch. 5: Politics
Ch. 6: The Nation Penitent
Ch. 7: Ecclesia Militans
Ch. 8: The Jew
Ch. 9: Polak-Katolik
Ch. 10: Mary, Militant and Maternal

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