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I'm interested in the way the French people reacted to the religious policies during the French revolution, i. e. dechristianization and establishment of the Cult of Reason. Are there any estimates what was the religious composition of the French before and after the installment of these policies?

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    Wasn't atheism a crime? Might be trouble finding statisitcs of people who admitted to criminal behavior. The French version of the Monty Python "Cake or Death" skit? – Mark C. Wallace Aug 5 '20 at 18:42
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    Alan Kors apparently has a two volume history of atheism in France. – Brian Z Aug 5 '20 at 18:49
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    @BrianZ: Just the abstract alone is worth a read, as background. – Pieter Geerkens Aug 5 '20 at 19:16
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    Very difficult to empirically measure atheism. Difficult to even define atheism. Complications in definitions and measurements rise when the penalty for non-adherence is death. – Mark C. Wallace Jan 15 at 11:56
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    @Mark C. Wallace: Then there's the difference between outright atheism (that is, believing that there isn't a god), and the various degrees of agnosticism. As for instance you'd find a lot of people in the US who are de facto agnostics. They'd say they were Christians if asked, but don't attend church or follow Christian religious principles. – jamesqf Jan 15 at 18:09

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