The Plot to Kill God: Findings from the Soviet Experiment in Secularization / Edition 1

The Plot to Kill God: Findings from the Soviet Experiment in Secularization / Edition 1

by Paul Froese
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520255291

ISBN-13: 9780520255296

Pub. Date: 08/06/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255296
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/06/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
List of Tables     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: 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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