Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Baptist Pastors Recalling Their Experiences of the Soviet Era in Belarus
by Theron, Antonette Rosina, Ph.D., Regent University, 2020, 209; 27997983
Abstract (Summary)

This is an interpretative phenomenological study examining the recalled experiences of Baptist pastors during the Soviet era in Belarus. Six pastors were studied using semi-structured interviews. Six themes were derived from the data: (a) persecution and marginalization methods; (b) persecution consequences; (c) coping with persecution; (d) physical experiences; (e) behavioral experiences; (f) emotional experiences. The findings of this research revealed that almost thirty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the participants and all the non-participants found it difficult to trust. Despite participants’ exemplary behavior and positive attitude towards authorities they were persecuted. Although these pastors knew the possible consequences, they were willing to be pastors and to suffer for their believes. Despite their negative experiences, no pastor revealed negative feelings.

Keywords: Belarus, religion, persecution, Soviet Union, communism, discrimination.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tophoven, Ingo
Commitee: Sells, James
School: Regent University
Department: School of Psychology & Counseling
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Religious history, Slavic Studies
Keywords: Belarus, Communism, Discrimination, Persecution, Soviet Union
Publication Number: 27997983
ISBN: 9798664762549
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