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The Dangerous God
Christianity and the Soviet Experiment
Edited by Dominic Erdozain
“This thoughtful and accessible collection of articles is a valuable contribution to the growing scholarly literature on the fate of religion under communism. It will interest anyone studying the clash between religion and atheism in the twentieth century, and how spirituality evolves in response to persecution.” —Philip Boobbyer, University of Kent
At the heart of the Soviet experiment was a belief in the impermanence of the human spirit: souls could be engineered; conscience could be destroyed. The project was, in many ways, chillingly successful. But the ultimate failure of a totalitarian regime to fulfill its ambitions for social and spiritual mastery had roots deeper than the deficiencies of the Soviet leadership or the chaos of a “command” economy. Beneath the rhetoric of scientific communism was a culture of intellectual and cultural dissidence, which may be regarded as the “prehistory of perestroika.” This volume explores the contribution of Christian thought and belief to this culture of dissent and survival, showing how religious and secular streams of resistance joined in an unexpected and powerful partnership.
October 2017 277 pp., 6x9
Dominic Erdozain is a research fellow at King’s College London and an honorary research fellow at the University of Queensland. He is the author of The Soul of Doubt: The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx and The Problem of Pleasure: Sport, Recreation and the Crisis of Victorian Religion.
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