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

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University of California Press, Aug 6, 2008 - Religion - 264 pages
Paul Froese 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. Froese's account reveals how atheism, when taken to its extreme, can become as dogmatic and oppressive as any religious faith and illuminates the struggle for individual expression in the face of social repression.
 

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Contents

The Great Secularization Experiment
1
Dreams of Secularization
22
The Atheist Crusade
40
Shutting Off Religious Supply
71
Hunting for Religious Demand
105
After Atheism
142
The Social and Political Resilience of God
165
Notes
201
Bibliography
219
Index
235
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Paul Froese is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Baylor University and a fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.

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