• WordNet 3.6
    • n secularism a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Secularism The state or quality of being secular; a secular spirit; secularity.
    • Secularism The tenets or principles of the secularists.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n secularism 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.
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  • Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    “To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
    “Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.”
  • Ivan Illich
    Ivan Illich
    “The public school has become the established church of secular society.”
  • Alistair Cooke
    Alistair Cooke
    “Washington's birthday is as close to a secular Christmas as any Christian country dare come this side of blasphemy.”


In literature:

Then, educated and self-educating, their creed, whatever it is, will be the outcome of their secular training.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
I think it would shock the secular conscience!
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
Henry had them both beheaded, though neither were tried by their peers, and ecclesiastics were not punishable by a secular court.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
The movement sprang from the cloister, and he had breathed the bracing air of secular life.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
The power of the secular kingdom is one thing, the distribution of ecclesiastical dignities is another.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
In secularities it is always Evu who initiates, and Tara admiringly follows.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
But the secular education is limited.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Nor did such secular culture as there was present a better picture.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
They are allowed to speak of personal family matters, but nothing of general, secular affairs.
"The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences" by Hosea Quinby

In poetry:

When Torquemada
Found a cat in the larder
He relinquished it without a qualm**
To the secular arm.
"Clerihew – Torquemada" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Within a sultry desert land,
Where neither flowers nor shadows are,
Hid to the breast in shifting sand
There stands an image secular.
"The Sphinx" by George Sylvester Viereck
I thought of this old man whose life was past,
Who in himself and his great office stood
Against the secular tempest as a vast
Oak spans the underwood;
"Ode On The Death Of Pius The Twelfth" by A D Hope
a secular faith: he compares its dogmas
with his, and decides whether
he would like to see more of us. (Spotless rooms
where nothing's left lying about
"The Common Life" by W H Auden
To be more revolutionary than a nun
is our desire, to be secular and intimate
as, when sighting a redcoat, you smile
and pull the trigger. Anxieties
and animosities, flaming and feeding
"On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art" by Frank O Hara

In news:

But the much smaller and secular Ettakatol party may determine who forms the majority in the constituent assembly.
Down and Up From Secularism.
The wall gives us a secular government, say separation activists, and allows individuals to exercise religion in their private lives.
Dr Ray is also known for his Sex and Secularism Survey.
How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society By Brad S Gregory (Harvard University Press, 574 pp.
Brad Gregory wants to upend how we think about the emergence of capitalism, secularism and individualism.
Newt Gingrich refers to him as a " secular -socialist".
Mitt Romney charges that his opponent advocates a " secular agenda".
Is this approach secular .
Secular doesn't mean 'no religion'.
Christians victims of rising ' hostility ' from gov't and secular groups, report says.
Why Is Secularism So Male-Dominated.
It began with a vision of a single secular democratic state of Arabs and Jews on the area that now comprises Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
Meghan Cox Gurdon on a slate of Christmas books that capture the spirit of the season, in both secular and sacred form.
Secular group seeks volunteers to lobby lawmakers.

In science:

Only one secular term independent of ωr and ωθ appears on the rhs: −2iω x D3 bA x .
Twin-peak quasiperiodic oscillations as an internal resonance
The sum contains only terms that become secular near a resonance.
Twin-peak quasiperiodic oscillations as an internal resonance
In each of these equations the first term is regular, while the second term is nearly secular (resonant) one.
Twin-peak quasiperiodic oscillations as an internal resonance
The terms proportional to bA−ρ bAθ and bA2 ρ still remain secular with respect to the variable ρ Aθ ei(ωθ −ωr )T 0 = T 0 .
Twin-peak quasiperiodic oscillations as an internal resonance
Peebles & Ratra 2003), galaxy formation and evolution is a complex combination of hierarchical clustering, gas dissipation, merging and secular evolution.
Forming Disk Galaxies in Lambda CDM Simulations