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Communism And Anti-Religious Thought

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This chapter talks about the relationship between communism and anti-religious movements, by examining the actual situation in the Soviet Union. In Russia, the leader of the church, the patriarch, had such complete independence in his religious authority that his power exceeded that of the tsar. The Communist Party must direct anti-religious propaganda towards all religious prejudices. The anti-religious movement organized by the groups is not a theoretical anti-religion movement but consists principally of slander against religious rites and institutions and the obstruction of the performance of rituals. The religious spirit of humans is something that we are born with and has become almost instinctual, so there are times when the religious spirit is even stronger than the will to live. Thus, throughout history there have been innumerable cases of people who have set their own lives at naught for the sake of their beliefs.

Keywords: anti-religious thought; communism; Russia; Soviet Union

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