Chapter

Hunting for Religious Demand

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/9780520255289.003.0005
Hunting for Religious Demand

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Aeronautical technology was often presented as proof of atheism in the Soviet Union. “Sky” and “Heaven” being synonymous in Russian terminology, every flight into space was billed as an “assault on heaven.” This chapter reflects a research into the quagmire faced by Soviet scientists when considering the task of relating religion to science, with a critical end. After all, how could they respond to religious ideas and beliefs that made no claims to science? In the face of scientific and technological advancements, atheist proselytizers failed to comprehend the magnetism of religion. The Soviet project required faithful participants. Therefore, Communist Party officials hoped to convert the public to scientific atheism; in theory, this would redirect religious demand and provide a new source of meaning, belonging, and understanding. Often Communist officials hunted for religious demand by simply mimicking different aspects of religion.

Keywords: aeronautical technology; technological advancements; atheist proselytizers; faithful participants; scientific atheism; religious demand

Chapter.  13574 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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