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Atheism as a Vocation: Soviet Communism and Its Atheist Apologists

Victoria Smolkin

in Defending the Faith: Global Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780197266915
eISBN:
9780191938177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Religion

In the Soviet Union, the figure of the “atheist apologist”—a propagandist charged with publicly denouncing religion and spreading atheism—emerged during Nikita Khrushchev’s antireligious campaign ... More


Whose Pain?: Pain as a Locus of Meaning in Christian Martyr Texts

L. Stephanie Cobb

in Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293359
eISBN:
9780520966642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293359.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Chapter Four examines stories in which pain does function as a marker of meaning. In some texts, martyrs experience bodily pain apart from persecution; severing worldly ties, for instance, may be ... More


The Afghans’ and Taliban’s Use of Poetry and Taranas1

Thomas H. Johnson, Matthew DuPee, and Wali Shaaker

in Taliban Narratives: The Use and Power of Stories in the Afghanistan Conflict

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190840600
eISBN:
9780190943158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190840600.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Poetry has long been a central pillar of Afghan Literature and the Taliban have used it extensively in their IO campaign. Poetry is important to the Taliban and Afghans in general because it is ... More


Conclusions

Thomas H. Johnson, Matthew DuPee, and Wali Shaaker

in Taliban Narratives: The Use and Power of Stories in the Afghanistan Conflict

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190840600
eISBN:
9780190943158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190840600.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter suggests that the Taliban maintained simple strategic communication objectives that resonated with their major targeted audiences. The main Taliban messages revolved around: removing ... More


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