Originally Posted by RNB
The Great Purges could be used with the same logic as a way to deter people from atheism.
I agree with most of your post (I think your view of altruism is slightly skewed). However, I want to address this small snippet. A case could
be made about the relationship between Stalin's actions, and atheism. However, I don't think it would hold much water. Stalin, to my knowledge, never conducted any of the purges under the banner of atheism. Rather, it is a testament to dogmatism at it's worst. Stalin's status as an atheist just happens to be circumstantial. I'm paraphrasing this from a favorite author of mine, Dawkins btw.