The Communist Soviet Union and Faith in God

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Do all things pass with time? Can man’s purpose change? The rise of secular society made these questions central in public life. Man up to this point in time had always been oriented by faith towards something beyond the material world. Now men asked if faith is dispensable, can something in the world take the place of God? While secularism claims that man does not need faith, that belief only blinds him to real, scientific, truth in the world, this does not seem to be the case in practice. Whittaker Chambers saw the reality of a secular culture that made such claims firsthand. He rejected it himself, and saw how it would always be rejected in the end by mankind. Russell Kirk saw what would become of man should he reject the purpose handed down from his ancestors, the evil that would result from throwing away tradition. The Communist Soviet Union was the perfect example of secular society. Communism denies faith in God, denies that anything beyond the material world matters at all. If man must have faith, he should trust in his country and mankind in general. Logically, this seems like it would make for a better nation. If patriotism is the highest virtue in man, then the country should be elevated by his reverence for it alone. The problems in Communist countries come from a returning belief in God that breaks down the Communist system. As all Communist systems so far have failed, the question is whether man’s faith can be wholly transferred from God to the state. If it
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