Stalin’s atheism was neither abrupt nor complete. His atheism was a rebellion against God rather than a disavowal of the deity.
So says Donald Rayfield in “Stalin and His Hangmen.” It is a most intruguing statement about this hard, cruel man. How many atheists does it describe today, whose rebellion stems more from anger than disbelief? And this anger or rebellion, no matter what caused it, is always without warrant. God has forgiven us for things far worse than we can ever imagine or suffer ourselves.