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Plurality In Unity: A Comparative, Quantitative Study Analyzing How Catholic Teachers Of Religion From Five European Countries Perceive Other Religions

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This chapter focuses on the Catholic Church. Catholicism is an essential part of European history and culture. At the same time, Catholicism represents a trans-national and centralistic organization with an elaborated and identifiable doctrine. Is the Catholic Church able to convince her believers to share in the Catholic doctrine toward other religions? Or do attitudes toward other religions depend on the nationality of the believers? To answer these questions, the chapter first reflects on the role of religion in the modern society and describe typical models of inter-religious relation. Afterwards it elaborates the Catholic doctrine toward other religions and describe five national cultures: namely those of the Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Poland-five countries with historical roots in Catholicism. The chapter develops the research question and define the concepts, the method and the sample. Next, it presents the empirical findings and finally discusses those findings.

Keywords: Catholic Church; Czech Republic; European history; Germany; inter-religious relation; Ireland; Italy; Poland



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