Chapter

The Atheist Crusade

Paul Froese

in The Plot to Kill God

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255289
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942738 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255289.003.0003
The Atheist Crusade

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This chapter inquires into the dynamics of the Soviet atheist project, in view of the objective practices and policies, which unknowingly to the Communists, filled the gap between the atheist ideals and stark religious essence of the practices. The churchlike aura surrounding Lenin's mausoleum and the reverence attributed to Lenin during the Soviet era prompted many an analogy between religious and Communist doctrines. Nonetheless, the “science of Marxism” was about to delve completely into the realm of the mystical, with Soviet Communists claiming to have scientifically proven that religion was a source of depravity and oppression in the world. Soviets believed that the socialist state depended upon the creation of a “Soviet Man,” an individual acting instinctively according to the dictates of a new socialist morality and with an unquestioned faith in the prophecies of historical materialism. Religious believers were thus disbelievers.

Keywords: atheist ideal; Lenin's mausoleum; science of Marxism; scientifically proven; socialist state; socialist morality; Soviet Man

Chapter.  12121 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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