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The Plot to Kill God: Findings from the Soviet Experiment in Secularization

Paul Froese

Abstract

This book explores the nature of religious faith in a provocative examination of the most massive atheism campaign in human history. That campaign occurred after the 1917 Russian Revolution, when Soviet plans for a new Marxist utopia included the total eradication of all religion. Even though the Soviet Union's attempt to secularize its society was quite successful at crushing the institutional and ritual manifestations of religion, its leaders were surprised at the persistence of religious belief. This account reveals how atheism, when taken to its extreme, can become as dogmatic and oppressi ... More

Keywords: religious faith, atheism campaign, 1917 Russian Revolution, Soviet, Marxist utopia, eradication, persistence, individual expression, social repression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520255289
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255289.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Froese, author