Religious education in Poland

Authored by: Katarzyna Zielińska , Marcin Zwierżdżyński

The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415536301
eBook ISBN: 9780203106075
Adobe ISBN: 9781136256424

10.4324/9780203106075.ch35

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Abstract

Poland is conventionally perceived as one of the most religious countries in contemporary Europe. Various indicators showing a high level of religious beliefs and religious practices seem to confirm such a picture. Some 95 percent of the population identify themselves as believers or strong believers, 54 percent of the population participate in religious practices once or a few times per week, and 69 percent declare that they pray every day or at least once a week. 1 However, despite strong indicators of religiosity, processes of individualization and privatization of religion can be also traced. For example, findings on the religiosity and morality of Polish Roman Catholics show selective acceptance of religious dogmas and dictates, especially in the younger generation. Among young people aged 18–24, who declare participation in religious practices at least once a week, about 75 percent accept premarital sex, more than 50 percent do not perceive divorce as something that is wrong, and 20 percent accept abortion. 2

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