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- n. The transformation of a society from close identification with religious values and institutions toward non-religious (or "irreligious") values and secular institutions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of rendering secular, or the state of being rendered secular; conversion from regular or monastic to secular; conversion from religious to lay or secular possession and uses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of rendering secular, or the state of being secularized.
- n. Also spelled secularisation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the activity of changing something (art or education or society or morality etc.) so it is no longer under the control or influence of religion
- n. transfer of property from ecclesiastical to civil possession
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The view that religious belief will give way to atheism is known as the secularization thesis.
But although the younger men were born in secularization as their natural environment and drank it together with their mother's milk, they still seek to distance themselves from it, and defend their identity and their differences.
(Though see this post by Brink Lindsey, which summarizes some reasons to think secularization is indeed proceeding, however slowly.)
This headlong secularization is as big a story, in its way, as Europe's demographic decline.
The word secularization has a very different meaning when applied not to persons but to things.
The word secularization may also be applied to the abandonment by the Church of its goods to purchasers after governmental confiscations, most frequently after a merciful composition or arrangement.
We need to revert now to the belief in the inevitability of the long-term secularization of the globe, to which such eminent thinkers as Peter Berger once subscribed along with many others.
The younger generation’s lack of respect for adults has a parallel in what might be called the secularization of the spiritual, the rejection of religions that are based on the authority of God in favor of a spirituality that is more pantheistic and self-determined.
The effect of the so-called secularization of religion, in fact, not only fortifies but indeed strengthens Christian privilege by perpetuating Christian hegemony in such a way as to avoid its detection as religion or to circumvent constitutional requirements for the separation of religion and government.
This proposition soon came to be known as the secularization thesis.