from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The condition or quality of being secular.
- noun Something secular.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Exclusive or paramount attention to the things of the present life; worldliness; secularism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Supreme attention to the things of the present life; worldliness.
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- noun The state of being
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Indeed her secularity is the necessary condition of the cosmopolitan fantasy of the Byronic hero: the fantasy of never being tied down, of never having to
Believe in secularity; government should not impose religious morals on citizens
Some good people will think I am either a fanatic or an artful schemer, while the clerical place-seekers, who love the flesh-pots of Egypt and have their eyes on the thrones of the Church and the world, will denounce my 'secularity' and tell me I am feeding the 'miry troughs' of the publican and sinner.
Christianly speaking, "secularity" refers to the ordering of various offices, activities, or objects to the needs of the present age (saeculum).
Milbank's critique is also a recognition that "secularity" is a contingent feature of human existence, a product of modernity and its re-ordering of social space, and thus a way of organizing society that pushes aside various alternatives.
'secularity' in Qld public education that holds us back from the rest of the western world
This clash is the characteristic feature of “laïcité à la française”: an American type of secularity in a context of battling against a Church that demands power in some or other way.
Franco-Ivorian Delugio, on his blog “Une vingtaine”! et quelques, explains the difference between American secularity and French laïcité:
The argument is an essentially conservative one, but instead of retrenchment, Williams urged patience, and conversation: “Current confusion over the family or gender roles or ‘sexual preference,’ over religion and secularity … and many other things suggests that no consensus is going to appear in a hurry.”
In the midst of this concept of open secularity of the 90s, the right to be different gradually turned into “different rights”.