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In the Czech Republic

Monument to Jan Hus

Prague: Monument to Jan Hus

The Czech Republic is close enough that we can make a visit to Prague almost every month. Some visits also include other towns in the Czech Republic. But here, as in Prague itself, we have not been very successful in finding people who will commit themselves to Christ. There are several who show interest and gladly attend our talks, perhaps even translating for us, but they seem unable to take that important step of commitment. Perhaps it is something to do with the Czech character: Czechs like to be able to think and discuss things freely, they like to philosophise, but they don't like to commit themselves.

On the April visit, we spent some time in Plzen, the capital of West Bohemia, an industrial town with two main products - heavy engineering (for example, trams) from the Skoda works, and the Czech Republic's most popular beer (Pilsener Urquell) from the brewery.

We were invited to speak to some English students at the university. We spoke about the history of the truth, showing how the church's teaching has been influenced by men's ideas over the years, and how "protesters" like Jan Hus and Petr Chelcicky in the Czech Republic, and John Wycliffe and William Tyndale in England, made a stand for Bible truth.

We spoke about the religious climate today: about half of Czechs are nominally Roman Catholic and half are non-religious, but only 18% of Czechs think religion is important, compared with 37% in Hungary and 76% in Poland - was this something to do with the Czech character, we asked.

And we gave some reasons why the Bible was a special book, which everyone had to decide whether to accept or reject. There was a lot of discussion with the students and we were invited to come again.

David Dunstan
from The Bible Missionary No. 157 (July 2000)

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