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The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Catalyst for Religious Polarization in Poland

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Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, Warsaw University, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland
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Institute of Sociological Sciences and Pedagogy, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland
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Academic Editors: Roberta Ricucci and Solange Lefebvre
Religions 2021, 12(8), 572; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080572
Received: 13 May 2021 / Revised: 8 July 2021 / Accepted: 20 July 2021 / Published: 26 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pandemic, Religion and Non-religion)
In theory, the coronavirus pandemic, with its wide-ranging implications for the functioning of societies around the world, cannot fail to have an impact on religiosity. We test whether this is really the case and investigate the scope and trend of changes in religious commitment using the example of Polish society. We make use of survey research conducted at various times on representative samples of Poles. Many studies have shown that in the face of destabilization and uncertainty, religious engagement gives hope and support, and therefore religiosity should be expected to increase during a pandemic. On the other hand, it can be assumed that a superficial and traditional religiosity, associated only with customary participation in Sunday religious practices, may weaken or even disappear when churches close. It emerges that both these phenomena can be observed in Polish society and, consequently, in the context of the pandemic, they are leading to religious polarization. View Full-Text
Keywords: pandemic; Poland; SARS-CoV-2; religion; religious practices; secularization; religious polarization pandemic; Poland; SARS-CoV-2; religion; religious practices; secularization; religious polarization
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Bożewicz, M.; Boguszewski, R. The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Catalyst for Religious Polarization in Poland. Religions 2021, 12, 572. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080572

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