Lithuania - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 9 pages of information about Lithuania.
This section contains 2,534 words
(approx. 9 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Lithuania Encyclopedia Article

Country Overview

Lithuania does not have a state religion. The constitution guarantees freedom of conscience, and there are amicable relations between the various faiths. The constitution and the Law on Religious Communities give special status, however, to nine religious groups: Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Orthodox Old Believers, Evangelical Lutheran, Evangelical Reformed, Jewish, Sunni Islam, and Karaite. These so-called traditional religions are eligible for governmental financial assistance and enjoy privileges such as tax exemptions, permission to teach religion in public schools, and time on national television.

Major Religion

History

Roman Catholicism in Lithuania began with the baptism in 1251 of Mindagas, the first ruler of a united Lithuania, and the legal acts of Grand Duke Jogaila that made Christianity the established church in 1387. During the Reformation, Protestantism was initially successful, especially among the nobility, but because of the missionary and academic activities of Jesuits, it failed to...

(read more)

This section contains 2,534 words
(approx. 9 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Lithuania Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
Encyclopedia of Religious Practices
Lithuania from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook