Actualization of family values in the post-sacral day: Challenges for the State and Church




secular, religious, family, family values, church, state, post-secular society


The article is devoted to the problems of the modern family faced with the complicated challenges of the XXI century in post-secular society.

In place of the religious world order, which regulated family relations for millenia, based on unchanging religious dogmas, a new era comes, which strongly refuses religious consecration of marriage and family, in a new way constituting the relations of secular state and church, desacralizes morality. The secular gradually covers the family and family ties, partly solving prejudiced problems of inequality of articles and generations, inequalities of social roles, and so on. Instead of changing the religious model of the family, a new type of family relationship comes in, based on the freedom of each member of the family, freeing them from slavery.

However, the secular day raises new problems, including social orphanhood, violence, single-parent families, drug addiction, etc., which need to be resolved in the post-secular society. These problems are perceived as religious (religious-based families) and non-religious (families that do not put God or gods at the heart of their relationship) families who are looking for ways out of the crisis.

The article defines the signs of this post-secular society, where both religious and secular ones exist simultaneously. In return, the separation of the secular from the religious and the suppression of the religious secular, the absolute priority of the secular over the religious comes another model. Religion on the wave of religious revival is actively included in the public sphere, is clearly represented in various social projects, including family, so that religion gradually increases its authority and influence.

In this situation, facing the complex challenges facing the family, the religious and secular worlds are forced to seek such forms of communion in order to jointly solve the problems that have arisen. Ukraine still has to overcome mutual distrust, ignorance of opportunities of each other, accumulate resources, since both the church and the state work on one subject - a citizen of the state and a believer church.

Author Biography

Liudmyla O. Fylypovych, Інститут філософії ім. Г.С. Сковороди НАНУ

Place of birth: Chernivtsi (Ukraine).
Scientific degree: Doctor of Philosophical Sciences.
Scientific title: Professor.

Historian by education (1979), completed postgraduate studies (1988) and doctoral studies (1999) at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Cand. dis. "Philosophical analysis of the Orthodox-theological concept of moral qualities of person" (1989). Dr. dis. "Ethnology of religion: the tradition of national understanding and theoretical solution of the relationship between religion and ethnicity" (2000). In the Institute of Philosophy since 1983 - from graduate student to the Head pf the  Department of Philosophy and History of Religion. She taught at NaUKMA, KNU, ChNU, PrNU, other educational institutions. To Kyiv. University: 1988-2004 senior. teacher, since 1992 Assoc. Prof., 2002–04 Professor at Department of Religious Studies. She taught courses "Religious Studies", "Geography of Religions", "Confessional and Practical Religious Studies", "New Religious Movements", "History of Christianity". Research interests: Religious Studies, history of religions and religious thoughts of Ukraine, history and ethnology of religion, new religions, religion and religiosity in modern world, religious freedom, state-church relations, interreligious dialogue, religion and religious education, religion and mass media. Founder of Ukr. school of ethnologists of religion, NRT researchers. Vice President of Ukr. Association of Researchers of Religion, Chairman of the Coord. Council of the CIS and Baltic States on Theoretical and Practical Problems of Religious Studies, Vice-President of Ukr. association of religious liberty. Author of 400 works, in particular: Culture of religious life. Selected works. K., 2011; Ethnology of religion: theoretical problems, national tradition of understanding. K., 2000; New religious movements in Ukraine. Review, documents, translations. K., 2001 (in co-author).