Research projectsThe Future of Religious Faith from a Central and Eastern European Perspective
Mgr. Miroslav Tížik, PhD., riešiteľ za Sociologický ústav SAV
Principal investigators: prof. Tomáš Halík, doc. Pavel Hošek, Křesťanská akademie, Praha
Investigator from Institute for Sociology of SAS: Mgr. Miroslav Tížik, PhD.
John Templeton Foundation grant (grant ID: 58599)
Duration: September 2016-september 2017
The Future of Religious Faith from Central Eastern European Perspective at the Czech Christian Academy (Institute for Dialogue) sponsored by John Templeton Foundation
The progressive and innovative Project is an unique and unprecedented coordinated research of four national teams from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary. Its main focus is to identify implicit convictions and existential questions of contemporary spiritual seekers in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as of people who seem to be indifferent towards religious questions (the so called "apatheists"). As part of the preparation for the three years project, the Czech team will organize consultation meetings with specialized chaplains (army, universities, hospitals, prisons), with representatives of existing institutions focused on dialogue with apatheists and seekers and with Christian activists with experience from Communist times. The Czech team will also organize focused research among young converts and set up a Dialogue lab with young apatheists.
All four teams will meet four times for a series of colloquia. They will organize two meetings with CEE religious leaders to discuss the results of their research and they will popularize the results in regional media. We are convinced that a comprehensive understanding of global changes and trends in social, cultural and political role of religion is impossible without taking into consideration the Central and Eastern European post-Soviet perspective. This is why it is important to help (especially young) scholars from CEE to become competent participants in international scholarly conversations on the role of religion in contemporary world and its future and to articulate their own contribution to this ongoing debate, reflecting the CEE context and experience, which so far has received minimal attention by international academic community. This fact makes the proposed project an innovative and ground breaking endeavor with large potential for new discovery.