Space as an instrument to interpret the role of religion and churches in Central and Eastern European societies
The denotations and metaphors of space that allow us to interpret and understand the role of religion and churches in Central and Eastern European societies, especially in Slovakia and Croa-tia, after the fall of the communist regimes are examined in this article. The terms “periphery” and “center” are seen as useful for analyzing the shift that occurred with respect to the place and role of religion and churches in these societies during and after communism, with a focus on its advantages and disadvantages. The analysis also relates to certain concepts in space theory, es-pecially those used by Foucault. The transition from churches in the periphery to churches of the periphery is identified as the basic challenge and connected to the theological reflections of Pope Francis and his concept of the “outcoming Church”.