by Diana Tsutskiridze
Viewed over the last two or three decades religious life in Georgia can be described as a process during which its religious organizations have been adjusting to the changing historical and social contexts. They have gradually shed the old Soviet ideas and moved toward so-called market principles. During this process there have been elements that could be described as radicalization. Georgian society stepped into the new reality after independence. Some groups in and out of the church have had a hard time adapting to that reality. There were reactions in society, which caused confrontation between religious groups. However, seen as a whole, the process has never reached the level of religious radicalization and is better described as a process of transformation.