After Atheism

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:
After Atheism

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When religious restrictions were lifted after the Soviet era, a flood of religious suppliers found themselves in the midst of one of the most religiously fertile areas of the world. And in the course of active missionizing came a renewed religious appetite. This chapter refreshes the aftermath of the atheist project, which was characterized not just by elation, but also confusion. The post-Communist religious revivals demonstrate the ineffectiveness of decades of anti-religious policy and active promotion of atheism. In fact, empirical observations, proving that younger birth cohorts in Russia are more likely to believe in God and be converts to this belief than middle-aged cohorts, thus inferring the futile conclusion of the project. In Post-Soviet era with new access to the former Soviet population, new missionaries worked hard to establish ties to local communities and even attempted to gain influence with newly created local governments.

Keywords: religious suppliers; religious appetite; ineffectiveness; convert; local communities; local government

Chapter.  8561 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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