from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Religious skepticism or indifference.
- n. The view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.
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- n. A position that religious belief should not influence public and governmental decisions
- n. The related political belief in the separation of church and state
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being secular; a secular spirit; secularity.
- n. The tenets or principles of the secularists.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Exclusive attention to the present life and its duties, and the relegation of all considerations regarding a future life to a secondary place; the system of the secularists; the ignoring or exclusion of religious duties, in struction, or considerations. See secularist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations
Holy Church, is our philosophy of life and we hold that any attempt to educate a youth in what we call secularism is a retrogression to a lower level than that of pre-Christian culture.
When the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, invited him to speak, he told him that New York had "particular challenges of what he called secularism," Archbishop Dolan said.
He objects: "What sort of secularism is it that regards reading of Sanscrit texts as a political act?"
The exact term "secularism" has a negative connotation in the Arab world, so we prefer use the term "civil."
The result of equating dharma with religion in India has been disastrous: in the name of secularism, dharma has been subjected to the same limits as Christianity in Europe.
He would have prophetically foreseen the emergence of a strong current of materialism and secularism from the core orientations of the preceding era which had been marked by the spirit of the enlightenment and in which the traditional values of the old world view had already begun to be shaken.
While I know many don't believe secularism is a good thing (and perhaps it isn't), it does serve to foster economic opportunity.
But secularism is not the opposite of belief; nonbelief is.
Giaour, we find that undergirding its secularism is not an exquisitely balanced paradox but a violent and asymmetrical one.
And, thanks to its constitutive relationship to modernity, romanticism is invested in secularism, not least in those moments typically coded as