Politics and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe: Traditions and Transitions

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only those most badly needed changes in the church constitution made during that year's synod. The Permanent Committee of the Synod is working on a draft of the new church constitution that would react in a more adequate way to the historical changes in Czechoslovakia in relation to legal regulations of the position of the church and its inner structure. In the new church constitution what will be rationalized and modernized is a system of ecclesiastical law that will correspond to contemporary developments in legal culture.


CONCLUSION

The Slovak Evangelical church finds itself at present in a period of evaluation and revaluation of the past; it is especially looking for its religious, theological, social, cultural, and political identity to correspond to the newborn democratic society and its own democratic traditions. It is a complicated and difficult process that Slovak Evangelicals have to go through; but in the end, it is a tax for the past and investment in the future. The endeavors and the responsibility with which Slovak Evangelicals attempt to solve these questions could be a safeguard of their success to build a church that would be able to perform all its functions in a democratic society.

It is certainly to be hoped that the period of communist dictatorship in Slovakia and the Czech Republic is gone forever. At last we wish to take an active part in the public life of our democratic society in which churches and believers will be able to contribute freely to the economic, social, political, cultural, moral, and spiritual life of society ( Gluchman, 1991).

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