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Both West European and also Rus sian literature provide · splendid examples of satirical works dealing with religion. Art occupies an im portant place in atheist education within socialist society. Aesthetic creation helps man develop his abilities and serves to shape his in terests and needs, thus filling those channels via which religion might seek to influence men and helping consolidate men's scientific world outlook. ARTEMIS, in classical mythology, the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin-sister of Apollo.
Marxism goes further. It says: We must know how to combat religion, and in order to do so we must explain the source of faith and religion among the masses in a materialist way" (Collected Works, Moscow, Vol. 15, p. 405). The achievement of Marxist at heism is to have revealed the social roots of religion as the all-important condition for explaining its origins. Unlike atheist theories before Marx, Marxist atheism goes further than reducing religion to its human base. To. use Karl Marx's own words, that base must itself "first be understood in its contradiction and then, by the removal of the contra diction, revolutionized in practice" (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, Selected Works in three volumes, Moscow, Vol.
Atheist consciousness presupposes a deliberate acceptance of philos ophical materialism as the only true theoretical basis for atheism. At the present time atheist conscious ness is based on the scientific, dia lectical-materialist world outlook and accepts the world as it is, with out any extraneous additions. It starts out from the fact that the world around us consists of con stantly moving and changing matter, which in the course of its evolution has brought forth thinking. Man, its ultimate product.