New PDF release: Doubt, Atheism, and the Nineteenth-Century Russian

By Victoria Frede

ISBN-10: 0299284441

ISBN-13: 9780299284442

The autocratic rule of either tsar and church in imperial Russia gave upward push not just to a innovative move within the 19th century but additionally to a predicament of that means between participants of the intelligentsia. own religion grew to become the topic of severe scrutiny as participants 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 kingdom, not only of every person, appeared to rely on the solutions to questions about belief.

    Victoria Frede appears at how and why atheism took on such significance between a number of generations of Russian intellectuals from the 1820s to the 1860s, drawing on meticulous and vast learn of either released and archival files, together with letters, poetry, philosophical tracts, police documents, fiction, and literary feedback. She argues that younger Russians have been much less inquisitive about theology and the Bible than they have been in regards to 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 contributors sought to form their very own destinies and sought for truths that will provide intending 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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