atheism behind the iron curtain: religion in the former USSR and its effect on the Cold War

Lately, there seem to be more and more blogs posting about how the author is leaving religion or how someone is embracing atheism and after reading one such post earlier today, I realized that I could never make an announcement like that. Why? Because I was born in a country where religion was just not very important and I never had a religion to renounce or have to come to terms with my lack of belief. I just never really believed and the society around me said it was perfectly logical for me to do so.

It's a stark contrast with what I see here in the United States and looking at the history of the Cold War, I'm becoming more and more convinced that the religiosity we see today is a direct result of the gross misunderstanding of why religion was so de-emphasized in the Soviet Union and proselytizing by opportunistic priests and zealots.

Check out the full essay and let me know what you think. I would really like to make is a starting point for a discussion on religious indoctrination.

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Tags: atheism, cold, culture, history, soviet, union, ussr, war

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