Church History

Christianity is the religious and cultural phenomenon that has most influenced the Western world and Estonia. Church history and the interpretation of Christian theology or religion in various churches have always been and are the main field of research of the Faculty of Religion. The church history deals with the texts of the early Christianity and the Church Fathers as well as the Reformation. The main focus is on Estonia's diverse church history in the 20th century, including the reasons for the development of Estonia's modern ecclesiastical landscape, and the Estonian and Baltic Orthodox Church and spirituality over the past 150 years.

Orthodoxy as solidarity: an examination of popular and conciliar Orthodoxy in Estonia during the 'long 20th century'


Estonia is often described as one of the most secularised countries in the world in terms of de-institutionalisation and de-Christianisation. Old Religion, New Spirituality: Implications of Secularisation and Individualisation in Estonia, edited by Riho Altnurme, starts with the question: what are the historical reasons for Estonia to be so secularised?

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Cambridge University Press released paperback edition of "Augustine in Context" edited by Tarmo Toom

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Doctoral defence: Iakov Kadochnikov “Deification of kings in Ancient Mesopotamia (from III to II millennium BC)”

8. mail kell 16.15 kaitseb Iakov Kadochnikov religiooniuuringute erialal doktoritööd „Deification of kings in Ancient Mesopotamia (from III to II millennium BC)“.
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Latvian researcher Agita Misāne discussed death perceptions