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The theological ideas of Athanasius were based on those of Irenaeus, . Origen and other early Christian apologists. ATHEISM, a system of views re­ jecting religious concepts (belief in God, in the immortal soul, in the resurrection from the dead and so on) and religion as a whole. Athe­ ism as a system of views cannot be reduced merely to a historical, phil­ osophical or scientific critique of religion. Atheism sheds light on the specific nature and essence of relig­ ious presentation of the real world and explains from a materialist standpoint the reasons for the emergence of mass faith and the sources of that faith: it analyses the social nature of religion and the conditions and methods necessary for putting a stop to its influence.

ARK, (1) according to a Biblical leg­ end the craft on which Noah and his family and animals, specially se­ lected that they might survive, were saved from the Flood; (2) in the Or­ thodox Church the casket in which are kept objects recognized as holy, the tabernacle. ARK OF THE COVENANT, the most sacred religious symbol of Judaism , that was kept in the Jerusa­ lem Temple. It consisted of a wooden chest overlaid with gold, in which were allegedly kept the tablets with the Commandments, a vessel containing manna, that had once been used, according to legend, to feed the Jews in the wilderness on their journey from Egypt to Pales­ tine, and the legendary rod of Aaron.

As pagan and excessively alle­ gorical. ARCH PRIEST (Greek "senior priest"), a general term for the higher ranks of the clergy in the Christian Church hierarchy. In the Orthodox Church, Archpriest is a title of honour given to non-monas­ tic priests. ARES, in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Hera. Initially Ares was venerated as a deity of the subter­ ranean world, comparable to a natu­ ral element which might bring pros­ perity or ruin. Later he was wor. shipped as the dread god of war, bringing death and destruction in his path.

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