Religion and Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

Even before Marx first saw religion as a tool of suppression for the bourgeoisie, there existed the idea that religion adapts itself in order to be adopted by the state. The relationship between religion and communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe could be categorized in three ways: first, the two struggled to influence the beliefs of the population, as both are ideologies; second, the state did its best to control institutions associated with religion; and third, religion was a major factor in deciding nationality in this area of the world. All three categories hinder the growth of the Church in Eastern Europe. One way to minimize problems would be to call future LDS missionaries to the region from neutral countries, preventing the Church from being entirely associated with America.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 15:3
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