Religion in Soviet Russia: 1917-1942

Religion in Soviet Russia: 1917-1942

Religion in Soviet Russia: 1917-1942

Religion in Soviet Russia: 1917-1942

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This is not just another book about Russia. Like many that have preceded it, it deals with existing conditions under the Communist regime. But the angle from which Dr. Timasheff has undertaken to make an estimate of those conditions differs sharply from the usual approach of those whose standard of measurement has been either the theoretic soundness of Communist assumptions, on the one hand, or the success or failure of the Communist experiment, considered merely in its social and economic aspect, on the other. As will be noticed, he has, throughout the following pages, sedulously avoided all direct criticism of Communism in Russia on either of these grounds, and this with a view to raising the much more important issue, so far as the Russian people themselves are concerned, namely the question as to how Christianity in Russia has actually fared during the last twenty-five years, at the hands of those who have manifestly attempted everything a perverted ingenuity could devise to obliterate it from the hearts and memory of one of the most religiously minded people in our present day world.

In order to make his point the more effectively Dr. Timasheff has confined himself to a simple, straightforward and authentic account of the religious situation in Russia based upon the most unimpeachable evidence possible, short of personal observation, that is to say, evidence grudgingly supplied by the religious persecutors themselves. As a result . . .

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