secularism

[sek-yuh-luh-riz-uhm]
noun
1.
secular spirit or tendency, especially a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship.
2.
the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.

Origin:
1850–55; secular + -ism

secularist, noun, adjective
secularistic, adjective
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secularism (ˈsɛkjʊləˌrɪzəm)
 
n
1.  philosophy a doctrine that rejects religion, esp in ethics
2.  the attitude that religion should have no place in civil affairs
3.  the state of being secular
 
'secularist
 
n, —adj
 
secular'istic
 
adj

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secularism

any movement in society directed away from otherworldliness to life on earth. In the European Middle Ages there was a strong tendency for religious persons to despise human affairs and to meditate on God and the afterlife. As a reaction to this medieval tendency, secularism, at the time of the Renaissance, exhibited itself in the development of humanism, when people began to show more interest in human cultural achievements and the possibilities of their fulfillment in this world. The movement toward secularism has been in progress during the entire course of modern history and has often been viewed as being anti-Christian and antireligious. In the latter half of the 20th century, however, some theologians began advocating secular Christianity. They suggested that Christianity should not be concerned only with the sacred and the otherworldly, but that people should find in the world the opportunity to promote Christian values. These theologians maintain that the real meaning of the message of Jesus can be discovered and fulfilled in the everyday affairs of secular urban living

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