secular spirit or tendency, especially a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship.
the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.
- sec·u·lar·ist, noun, adjective
- sec·u·lar·is·tic, adjective
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How to use secularism in a sentence
As the newly minted nation went about forging a federation of ethnic groups that had little in common apart from their faith, top-down secularism ran up against bottom-up Islamism.The Sialkot Lynching Underscores the Danger of State-Sanctioned Religious Hate in Pakistan and India | Debasish Roy Chowdhury | December 9, 2021 | Time
India’s constitution, which was read aloud at protests against the law across the country, guarantees equality and explicitly enshrines secularism.India’s Anti-Immigrant Crackdown Has Torn Apart Families and Locked Up Hundreds. 1.9 Million People Fear They Could Be Next | Neha Thirani Bagri/Dalgaon, India | September 6, 2021 | Time
Threats for online reportersRaif Badawi is a prominent blogger known for advocating secularism and a homegrown liberal system of governance in Saudi Arabia.Journalists faced new threats in 2020. These 10 and countless others deserve justice | lbelanger225 | January 4, 2021 | Fortune
But the enemy of the new emirs is neither the Jew nor the Christian, it is the godless militant defending secularism.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In a country with a constitution that values secularism, religion is still the prime indicator of morality and goodness.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism | Regina Lizik | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nevertheless, the triumph of West Coast spiritualism over East Coast secularism has civilization-wide implications.Can Heritage Foundation Posterboy Bono Save the GOP? | James Poulos | March 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Turkish history of imposed Jacobin secularism ended up creating virtual segregation against observant Muslims.
He talks about how growing secularism goes hand in hand with the destruction of European culture.Riding Along With a Towson University Student’s ‘White Patrol’ | Caitlin Dickson | April 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There never was a time when these things would not have been denounced by secularism as crimes against humanity.
Mr. Blomfield talks very freely, in conclusion, about the "fruits" of Christianity and secularism.
On the other hand, our party is comparatively small and poor, and Christian laws prevent our holding any trusts for secularism.
It is said that a lecturer on secularism was once asked, Why cant you let the Bible alone, if you dont believe it?Pleasure & Profit in Bible Study | Dwight Moody
secularism, on the contrary, concerns itself with the things of "to-day."The Principles Of Secularism | George Jacob Holyoake
British Dictionary definitions for secularism
philosophy a doctrine that rejects religion, esp in ethics
the attitude that religion should have no place in civil affairs
the state of being secular
- secularist, noun, adjective
- secularistic, adjective
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