Many Russians finding faith

December 10, 1993|By New York Times News Service

A report on religious changes in Russia has put numbers on what was already viewed as an extraordinary revival of faith.

The report, released in Washington yesterday by the National Opinion Research Center, found that by 1991 a third of the Russians who once considered themselves atheists had become believers in God.

"These numbers," the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley said in presenting the report, "demonstrate, after the most serious attempt to obliterate religion in history, the most dramatic religious revival." Father Greeley is a sociologist who is a research associate at the center.

A 1991 poll showed that although only 1 out of 10 Russians reported having been raised in the Russian Orthodox Church, almost 1 out of 3 now said they were affiliated with it.

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