Reports from the Soviet Union reflect a continued growth of religious interest, especially among young people. The latest documentation is a remarkably candid twenty-four-page letter that reached the West over the signature of Anatoly Levitin, an outspoken Russian Orthodox layman.
He cites numerous conversions to Christianity and says that the “religious reaction” among young people in the Soviet Union, “in intensity and strength is no less than the feeling of fiery enthusiasm among the earliest Christians.”
A dispatch from Moscow in November by Harry Trimborn told of a purportedly unbelieving couple in Kiev who caused a big stir by exchanging marriage vows in a beautiful old cathedral instead of at the city registry office or the special “wedding palaces.” Trimborn said the pair represent “a new element in the Soviet view of troublesome youth. For they are part of a growing number of young people attracted to the church, its rites, history and physical beauty.”
“How much of this encompasses a spiritual conversion is difficult to tell,” Trimborn states. The Levitin letter, however, leaves little doubt that the change is most profound. It says “all the efforts of professional anti-religious propagandists in Khrushchev’sAn article in a Brethren periodical in Britain said reports of Khrushchev’s conversion are based on rumor circulated in an inaccurate tract. The rumors add interest to what are said to be the deposed Soviet leader’s memoirs now being published in the West. time to spread anti-religious fanaticism ended in complete failure.” It adds that “more and more frequently there are cases in Moscow where the sons of Communists and even of old tchekists (security police) are baptized.”
In recent years, there have been sporadic ...1
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