Forced Secularization in Soviet Russia: Why an Atheistic Monopoly Failed

  title={Forced Secularization in Soviet Russia: Why an Atheistic Monopoly Failed},
  author={Paul S. Froese},
  journal={Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion},
  • P. Froese
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • History
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Under communism, the Russian religious landscape consisted mainly of two competitors—a severely repressed Russian Orthodox Church and a heavily promoted atheist alternative to religion called “scientific atheism.” Under these circumstances, one might expect the rapid spread of religious disbelief, but the intensity of the atheist campaign originated from official mandate and not popular appeal. In turn, scientific atheism never inspired the Russian population and grew increasingly uninspired as… 

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