Religion: Excommunication in Moscow

The tough, bulletheaded little atheist who calls on God to witness that his hands are clean and his heart is pure has recently been giving the church in Russia a hard time. A more flexible kind of anti-Christian than Stalin, Khrushchev put new life into Russian atheism, began recruiting renegade churchmen instead of party hacks to wean Russians away from the temptations of religion.

K. has good reason to be concerned. Members of the World Council of Churches delegation who visited Russia last Christmas were astonished to find religious life open and active, and the outward signs of material support thoroughly visible...

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