The text is a response to the review articles of Gregory Alles, Barbara Krawcowicz and Stefan Ragaz reviewing the book Studying Religions with the Iron Curtain Closed and Open: The Academic Study of Religion in Eastern Europe (Brill 2015). It discusses the book’s title, the relationship of religious studies to theology, and the relationship of current religious studies to scientific atheism.
Studying Religions with the Iron Curtain Closed and Open. The Academic Study of Religion in Eastern Europe offers an account of the research focused on the origins, development and the current situation of the Study of Religions in the 20th century in countries such as the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia.
Special attention is devoted to the ideological influences determining the interpretation of religion, especially connected with the rise of Marxist-Leninist criticism of religion.