The Unsuccessful War on Faith

leninstatue1If any country in the world should be known for its cynicism and contempt for religion, it should be Russia. For over seven decades the Russian populace was exposed to a tireless barrage that mocked Christianity and sought to liberate the masses from all such “ridiculous superstitions.” The soviet state ruthlessly pursued its goal to obliterate religious belief through propaganda, imprisonment, torture, and mass murder.

One would expect that this region of the world would now be a hotbed of atheism, the Mecca of materialism.

Not so.

The relentless onslaught backfired. Communism collapsed, but faith in God didn’t. It flourished.

According to Wikipedia approximately 50% of Russians now identify with some branch of Christianity. They have tasted and seen firsthand what a Christless state is all about. It wasn’t good. They have been there and have come back. Russia tried secularism and discovered it is morally bankrupt.

The West has yet to make that discovery.

–J. O. Schulz