The Christian Church in the Soviet Period
- Extra Reading
Ever since the Revolution of 1917, Russia has considered atheism to be a precondition for social progress. Religion is dismissed as "an opiate for the people" (Marx) or as "moonshine" (Lenin). How has the Russian Orthodox Church, the main Christian body within the Soviet Union, managed to survive? what trials has it faced and what have been their cost?
This lecture is part of Richard Chartres' series on Religion in Russia on the Eve of the Millennium. The other lectures in this series are:
The Russian Orthodox Church Before the Revolution
The Religious Picture Today in the Soviet Union
This event was on Thu, 28 May 1987
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