Slovakia is a central European country formerly joined with the Czech Republic to create the nation of Czechoslovakia within the Soviet bloc. Since the end of the Cold War, Slovakia has been independent. The Slovak cultural identity has been significantly influenced by the fact that it has always been part of the Western Latin culture, which brought rationalism, individualism, and eventually also humanism to people's thinking and behavior. Though dominantly Roman Catholic, contemporary Slovak religious society is distinctively postmodern, especially in its pluralism of beliefs and practices. The postmodernization of religion in Slovakia has manifested itself through a growing number of followers—particularly in the minority religions—a continual rise in the number of new religious movements, greater participation of laymen in church activities, and a higher ...

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