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Florin Curta, Professor of History and Archaeology at the University of Florida, is one of the leading medieval historians in the world. His language capabilities, which include a reading knowledge of no less than eleven languages flodin some he does not bother to list on his C. See links to his C. Yet while his academic background is exceptional, his personal background is at least equally fascinating.

Curta grew up in Romania while it was under communist rule. As a young man he was drafted into the Romanian army where he served as a paratrooper.

Once he was done jumping out of perfectly good airplanes with a rifle strapped to his back, he pursued his education in Romania as both a historian and curga.

One could suggest, only half jokingly, that he was the original Indiana Jones. Florin and his wife Lucia photographed in a window of a chalet in the Austrian Alps in During this period in his life, before he and his wife Lucia moved to the United States to complete doctoral degrees in medieval history, he was a direct witness to the enormous changes taking place in eastern European societies at a time when the Soviet Union was collapsing, Russian influence was diminishing, and the acceptance of communism was on the wane.

Because of these experiences, Dr. Curta often approaches matters in a way that is curtta typical for academics. He is a conservative, which is unusual for scholars in the humanities.

Some of his political and social views have been inspired by his deep religious faith as an Orthodox Christian, as well as his real life experiences under communist rule.

These experiences have provided him a unique perspective of the democratic and capitalist U. He has kindly agreed to offer his brief insights on a few of these topics below.

While a number of U.

An Interview with Dr. Florin Curta on Communism, Faith, and Academia | Andrew Holt, Ph.D.

How have your experiences living under both communist rule and in a modern western capitalist state influenced your view? Now, the main reason for being skeptical about either Socialism or Communism is the greatest lie at the heart of the Rlorin ideology, namely that all humans are equal—not just in their rights, but in their capabilities and potential.

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There is another reason for which I think that capitalism is still the better solution. There is no incentive in the system for implementing change that is not centrally approved and applied. For an individual idea to be accepted and implemented by the system, it would need much greater effort, energy, and time under Communism than under capitalism. Finally, there is little, if any individual freedom under Communism.

That, too, is a consequence of the first reason mentioned above: The absence of cruta rights, for example, derives directly from that, as well as from the ideologically driven atheism of the system. In your experience, how were Christians treated under communist rule in Flodin Since moving to the United States, chrta you, as a deeply religious Orthodox Christian, ever experienced or witnessed anti-Christian bias in your professional career?

Do you think anti-Christian bias in academia is significant? There were and still are many kinds of Christians in Romania.

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The majority are Orthodox Christians, and while many priests have been incarcerated, tortured, fkorin killed, under Patriarch Iustinian Marinathe Orthodox Church under the Communist regime witnessed something of a renewal, especially in terms of the revival of monastic life.

In exchange for state support, some priests accepted to use the sacrament of the confession in order to denounce their parishioners to the secret police. Meanwhile, the regime persecuted the Greek Catholic or Uniate church, which recognized the pope in Rome as their leader. That church was outlawed inand its bishops died in the Romanian gulag.

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Since the number of Roman Catholics who also recognized the pope as their leader was relatively small, the regime did not persecute them. Persecutions of Christians in Romania was therefore a matter much more complicated than in other Communist countries, for example the Soviet Union.

There was a widespread social schizophrenia: Religious education and curtz were completely banned, but young people like myself who grew up with religious grandparents still got sufficient exposure to incorporate Christian values into their early education, despite the aggressive atheism of the official school education.


The elderly had no jobs to lose any more, so they were not reluctant to go to church, and they typically took their grandchildren with them.

The result of the complicated relations between the Communist power and Christians of various denominations was that some of the latter viewed themselves as more anti-Communist than others. At that time, I was just getting my ucrta at the University of Florida, and had been in the United States for six years.

I had sufficient time to observe and understand attitudes towards Christianity in American society and especially in universities. Is there anti-Christian bias in the academe?

Perhaps, but nothing on the level of what I have experienced in Romania. In the US, the anti-Christian bias is a matter of a n admittedly large number of people pretending to be tolerant, but espousing virulently anti-Christian views. I have been myself the target of such a burst of hatred from one of my colleagues, who, nonetheless, stopped all harassment when showed compassion at a moment of crisis and distress.

There is, in my opinion, no anti-Christian bias entrenched in the system, which curts why much of the anti-Christmas and anti-Easter propaganda is ultimately ineffective.

As a well-established and tenured scholar, you have a certain freedom to express conservative political or social views that typically do not fall within the mainstream of academic thought on various issues. What advice would you give to young and untenured scholars who hold similarly conservative views?

The truth is that my life experience is not like that of most freshly minted Ph. Ds and, as a consequence, I doubt that florrin would be any basis in my advising others on what they should do. In other words, one does not need to proselytize; it is sufficient to behave in a certain way, to be a model for others, to take action in circumstances where others would not move a finger or remain cowardly quiet.

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