Stalin and the Apostle Paul

Is this an allusion to Paul? Stalin writes in an early study of the party:

Just as every complex organism is made up of an incalculable number of extremely simple organisms, so our Party, being a complex and general organisation, is made up of numerous district and local bodies called Party organisations, provided they have been endorsed by the Party congress or the Central Committee.As you see, not only committees are called Party organisations.To direct the activities of these organisations according to a single plan there is a Central Committee, through which these local Party organisations constitute one large centralised organisation. (The Proletarian Class and the Proletarian Party, Collected Works, vol. 1, p. 67n)

And Paul:

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and we were all made to drink of one Spirit … Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12)


2 thoughts on “Stalin and the Apostle Paul

  1. Well, he did spend 5 years in Tiflis Seminary, so it’s certainly possible… Do you know of a reliable source that provides an in-depth discussion of his time there?

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