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New Evangelization Movement - project abstract

FROM FOLK TO THERAPEUTIC RELIGIOSITY.

RELIGIOUS TRANSFORMATION IN POLAND

FROM NEW EVANGELIZATION MOVEMENT PERSPECTIVE

Religion in Poland in last 25 years is under the influence of strong political, economical and social modernization. At the beginning of this process the phenomenon of Polish religiosity was usually explained in terms of traditional or folk religiosity (often negatively understood) (e.g. Piwowarski 1996). Nowadays, although so called ‘creeping secularization’ (Marianski  2013) is observed, the country still remains religious, especially in comparison with other European societies (Pickel 2012). This persistence of Polish religiosity is not sufficiently well explained (cf. Pollack and Rosta 2015).

The purpose of the project is to outline the religious transformation in modern Polish society on the example of New Evangelization Movement. It is assumed that these schools develop a kind of religiosity which is among others characterized by a stress on emotions and healing. There is assumed to be a fit between this religiosity on the one hand and the challenges and deprivations of modern society on the other hand. So the therapeutic function of religiosity becomes, so the hypothesis, dominant. It seems to replace and to supplement traditional religiosity which was based on imagination, authority, ritualism and national identity (Mielicka 2012; Wójtowicz 2012). It stresses more the experiential dimension of religion (Glock and Stark 1965; Huber 2008) and therefore the place of feeling and emotions.