Religion in Soviet Russia

By N. S. Timasheff
THE lively discussion of the question of religious freedom in Russia, precipitated in the autumn of 1941 by President Roosevelt’s reference to the subject, quickly bogged down because very few Americans possess definite or accurate knowledge on the subject. Professor Timasheff, a Russian professor now in this country, has filled a gap with his welldocumented little book. He has no difficulty in showing that religious liberty, as we understand that term in the United States, is nonexistent in the Soviet Union. While religious services are permitted, there is no printing of religions literature, even of the Bible; no one is permitted to advocate religion in public meetings; Sunday schools and Bible classes are forbidden.
There is interesting material, largely cited from Soviet anti-religious publications, to show the persistence of religious belief; it is possible that Professor Timasheff is a little too optimistic in some of his conclusions here. For Soviet atheists, like other human beings, have a tendency to exaggerate the “peril" which they are combatting. W. H. C.