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Religion and Atheism in the USSR: Selected Highlights from Recently Released JPRS Reports

Source: U.S. Catholic News AgencyThe June release of Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1994, includes a number of topical translations from the mid-1960s concerning religion and atheism in the Soviet Union. Below are five examples:

 

Need for Special Atheist Courses for Students of Higher Education Institutions (1966)
In this article by a history department professor and his student, the writers argue that it is necessary for university students to be taught a more robust atheism in order to be able to refute the beliefs of sectarians and cultists. It is not enough to be an atheist; a young educated person has to know enough about religion—Christianity—to be able to make a logical argument against it. The authors suggest that comparing what is written in the gospel Mark to what is said in Matthew and Mark about the same instance will act as a wedge. The believer must choose among apostles as to whom to believe. Thus is doubt provoked. Knowing these “little things" about religious doctrine and practice can be more effective in winning the argument than “the most extensive discussions on general themes."

 

Religion and Atheism in the USSR: Selected Highlights from Recently Released JPRS Reports

Religion and the Rise of the Second Ku Klux Klan, 1915-1922 (by Kelly J. Baker)

[This article by Kelly J. Baker, who currently teaches American and religious studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, first appeared in the September 2009 issue of The Readex Report. Baker is also an editor of the Religion in American History blog. Her first book, Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915–1930, is being published this month by the University Press of Kansas.]

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“An original and sobering work” -- David Morgan, author of Protestants and Pictures

Religion and the Rise of the Second Ku Klux Klan, 1915-1922 (by Kelly J. Baker)

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