A Dictionary for Believers and Nonbelievers by Progress Publishers

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The Chinese atheist Wang ignorance, fear in face of phenome­ Chung (1st century) held that the na of Nature (Atomists), and also original material forming the world in deception (Sophists). In the was "Ch'i", "primary fluid", which Ancient World a conception of the gave rise to a multitude of different epistemological roots of religion also things including Man and his soul; appeared on the scene: for . in­ he rejected the ideas of a "heavenly stance, Sextus Empiricus (in the ruler" or of ghosts in which the .

Thoughts were expressed with regard to the evolution of religions of the Renaissance (15th and 16th (Bruno, Vanini); the idea that had centuries), early bourgeois culture been voiced by atheists of the with its anti-religious and anticleri­ Ancient World regarding the nega­ cal thrust took shape; one of the tive role of religion in society was sources of its ideas was atheism in slave-owning society and free-think­ once more in the forefront of attening in feudal society. Scepticism was . tion.

MAN {Sanskrit), one of the main concepts in the religious-mythologi­ cal system of Hinduism. In Vedic lit­ erature, particularly in the Upani­ shads, the term designates the soul or self within the human individual and also on the universal level. or Brahman and the achievement of their identification is one of the main precepts of Hinduism. - ATOMISM, (1) a philosophical doc­ trine in Ancient Greece · (Leucippus, Rome (Lu ­ Vaisheshika school), according to which the world consists of indivisible particles that are eternal and indestructible · and which move in a void.

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