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The Social and Political Resilience of God

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/9780520255289.003.0007
The Social and Political Resilience of God

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By requiring an abandonment of religiosity and spirituality, the Secularization Experiment attempted nothing less than reshaping the private realm of a whole nation. The failure of Marxist-Leninists to comprehend core elements of human nature and human requisites led to an enormous and devastating social experiment unlike any other in human history. Marx attributed the origins of religion to something other than the supernatural, but in Marx's view, the origins of religion are social, not psychological. Marxist-Leninists forcefully applied the basic principles of the modernization theory of secularization to create a progressive environment that, in theory, would naturally stifle antiquated religious beliefs. The Soviet Secularization Experiment tested whether education, industrialization, and modernization arouse disbelief. Millions of hitherto formally uneducated Russians were exposed to specifically engineered education highlighting the falsity of religion. Ironically, the Soviet project promoted an atheist ideology that was no more scientific or empirically supported than traditional religious worldviews.

Keywords: secularization experiment; human nature; supernatural; modernization; empirically supported; traditional religious worldview

Chapter.  13762 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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