Doubt, Atheism, and the Nineteenth-Century Russian by Victoria Frede

By Victoria Frede

The autocratic rule of either tsar and church in imperial Russia gave upward thrust not just to a progressive circulation within the 19th century but additionally to a trouble of which means between participants of the intelligentsia. own religion turned the topic of excessive scrutiny as contributors debated the lifestyles of God and the immortality of the soul, debates mirrored within the best-known novels of the day. Friendships have been shaped and damaged in exchanges over the prestige of the everlasting. The salvation of the whole state, not only of every person, looked as if it would rely on the solutions to questions about belief.

    Victoria Frede seems to be at how and why atheism took on such significance between numerous generations of Russian intellectuals from the 1820s to the 1860s, drawing on meticulous and broad study of either released and archival records, together with letters, poetry, philosophical tracts, police records, fiction, and literary feedback. She argues that younger Russians have been much less considering theology and the Bible than they have been concerning the ethical, political, and social prestige of the person individual. They sought to take care of their integrity opposed to the pressures exerted via an autocratic kingdom and rigidly hierarchical society. As participants sought to form their very own destinies and sought for truths that might provide desiring to their lives, they got here to query the legitimacy either one of the tsar and of Russia’s optimum authority, God.

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