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The social principles promoted by the organization included rejection of the caste system and demands for in­ creased rights for women and the spread of education. ASCENSION, a Christian festival, which in the Orthodox Church num­ bers among the Twelve Great Feasts. It is celebrated on the 40th day after Easter. The basis for this festival is the legend of the Ascension into Heaven of Jesus Christ, who had risen from the dead after his cruci­ fixion. The sources for this festival should be sought in the beliefs of the BROTI-IERS ancient Phoenicians, the Jews and other peoples, whose gods ascended into t he heavens.

Numerous studies by Mar­ xist historians and social scientists shed further light on the ways in 41 which atheist teachings have taken shape and developed (see also Athe­ ism in slave-owning society, Renaiss­ ance, Free-thinking in feudal society, Enlightenment, Atheism, bourgeois, Atheism propagated by the Russian revolutionary democrats, Atheism, Marxist). ATHEISM IN FEUDAL SOCIE1Y. See Free-thinking in feudal society. ATHEISM IN SLAVE-OWNING SOCIE1Y, the first, chronologically speaking, critical analysis of religion from the standpoint of the philos­ ophy of materialism in its naive form.

Late 2nd and early 3rd century) Chinese believed. In the Indian pointed out that a number of thin­ philosophy of Carvaka,, place of kers linked the emergence of the gods was taken by natural elements idea of God with an exaggerated which are the basic components of view of the capacities of ordinary all things. Carvaka denied the di­ man. The main devices used in the vine provenance of the Vedas, the criticism of religion were the fo­ other world or supernatural forces cussing of attention on the failure and proclaimed Man's right to the of religious concepts to match up to delights of life.

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