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In the News (Sat 15 Dec 18)

  
  National Secular Society - National Secular Society - Home
National Secular Society - National Secular Society - Home
The Hindu temple at the centre of the “sacred” bull confrontation should be made to make a contribution towards the hundreds of thousands of pounds of expenses incurred to the public purse by their belligerence, says the National Secular Society.
The National Secular Society has described action taken by worshippers at a Hindu Temple in Wales to prevent the slaughter of a bull that has tested positive for TB, as “irresponsible and anti-social”.
www.secularism.org.uk   (0 words)

  
  CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Secularism
secularization of education in the public schools, for the disestablishment of the Church, for the promotion of the co-operative movement among the working classes, etc.
Secular knowledge is manifestly that kind of knowledge which is founded in this life, which relates to the conduct of this life, conduces to the welfare of this life, and is capable of being tested by the experience of this life" (Charles Bradlaugh, I, 334, 336).
secularization of all public institutions in a Christian nation is therefore inadmissible.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/13676a.htm   (1907 words)

  
  Secularism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Secularism is often associated with the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, and plays a major role in Western society.
Secularism can also be the social ideology in which religion and supernatural beliefs are not seen as the key to understanding the world and are instead segregated from matters of governance and reasoning.
Proponents of secularism have long held a general rise of secularism in all the senses enumerated above, and corresponding general decline of religion in so called 'secularized' countries, to be the inevitable result of the Enlightenment, as people turn towards science and rationalism and away from religion and superstition.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Secularism   (1376 words)

  
 SECULARISM IN CHURCH, THEOLOGY AND PASTORAL CARE
Secularism is the loss of the true life of the Church, the alienation of Church members from the genuine Church spirit.
Secularism is man's distortion by the spirit of the flesh and the passions.
This secular theology is encountered in the West, for there they analyze and interpret the Holy Scripture through their own human and impure intellect, outside the correct prerequisites presented by the holy Fathers.
www.pelagia.org /htm/ar01.en.secularism_in_church.htm   (6128 words)

  
 How to Think About Secularism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Secularization is not caused by the separation of church and state.
Science secularized the theological idea of law by turning it into the idea of the eternal laws of nature, and the idea of an infinite universe was the secularized version of an earlier belief in the infinity of God.
The thoroughly secularized social order gives rise to a feeling of meaninglessness: there is a vacuum in the public square of political and cultural life, and this invites violent outbreaks of dissatisfaction.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft9606/articles/pannenberg.html   (4399 words)

  
 Amardeep Singh: Sanjay Subrahmanyam on Nandy: secularism, convivencia, millet system...
In fact, secularism (specifically understood as separation of church and state) is one of the hot-button political issues here in the U.S., with the Supreme Court's recent "Under God" ruling as the most prominent recent example.
Therefore, the real reason to de-link the west from "secularism" is that the concept is constantly being revised, and the new meanings of the term have very little in common with the meaning of the term in India.
But secularism is necessary for a nation-state, where there is a requirement that the state protect the civil rights of its citizens.
www.lehigh.edu /~amsp/2004/06/sanjay-subrahmanyam-on-nandy.html   (1220 words)

  
 Secularism And Islam
Secularism implies that the Divine Guidance, worship of God, and obedience to Him, should be confined to the personal life of each individual and except for the small sphere of a person's private life, all other affairs of this world should be settled purely from the worldly viewpoint, according to our own wishes and expediency.
Hence, irreligiousness or secularism implies nothing more than this: That whoever adopts it as his creed and attitude in life will reduce himself to an irresponsible and unbridled of his own self, be it an individual, a group, a country, a nation, or a group of nations.
On his view; The nearest equivalent to the concept secular is connoted by the Quranic concept of al-hayaat ad-dunya : ‘the life of the world', or ‘the worldly life'.
www.parvez-video.com /secularism.asp   (1907 words)

  
 Perverting secularism
Thus the concept of secularism was born: a separation of Church and State, so that religious considerations could be excluded from civil affairs and public education.
However, the so-called 'secularism' rampant in India is a perversion of that reasonable idea: in India it is contrived to mean the active involvement of the State in supporting certain religions (Islam, Christianity and Marxism) and oppressing others (Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism).
This is deeply ironic because even the true definition of secularism, that is, separation of Religion and State, is superfluous in India, because none of the Indic religions interferes in the affairs of the State.
in.rediff.com /news/2004/jul/05rajeev.htm   (963 words)

  
 DESACRALIZING SECULARISM
The typical manifestations of secularization, then, would be: the separation of Church and state, the expropriation of Church lands, the emancipation of education from ecclesiastical authority etc. Thus, for all its discomforts to the Church, secularization continues to be the cardinal doctrine of sociology.
Secularization, we have seen earlier, is more than a process in the mind, a loss of religious belief and an acceptance of the scientific view of the world.
Secularism does not present a unified theory or a systematic doctrine and the Muslim critic is obliged to resist the temptation of imparting on it a theoretical and epistemological unity which it manifestly lacks.
www.algonet.se /~pmanzoor/Des-Sec.htm   (6050 words)

  
 Aylward Shorter, MAfr - Secularism in Africa
Such a restoration was the preoccupation of the so­called "secular theologians" of the 1960's, who proclaimed that humanity had now come of age, and that religious faith had nothing to fear from the full realisation of secular potential, and the ascendancy of the human.
Unfortunately, secularisation possesses a momentum of its own, and very soon develops into "secularism", the situation in which the secular is observed to dominate or even replace the sacred.
Secularism refers to a situation in which religious faith, for one reason or another, is felt to be superfluous.
www.sedos.org /english/shorter.htm   (2938 words)

  
 SECULARISM
This Christian differentiating of the secular from the sacred is one instance or aspect of wider processes often called "secularisation": processes which involve the extension of human understanding and control over fields of life formerly so inaccessible to human science and technology that it seemed reasonable to try to manage them instead simply by prayer.
Christian faith encourages secularisation of this kind, by insisting on both the transcendence of God and the intelligibility of the creation, with its consequent accessibility to science and technology.
Secularism, as unwillingness to contemplate creation ex nihilo, not only draws upon materialist assumptions but also powerfully reinforces materialist denials or neglect of spirit, both as it by divine ordinance informs matter, and as it in human deliberating and acting works in and upon the material world by practical understanding, intending, reasoning, and choosing.
www.ewtn.com /library/ISSUES/SECULAR.HTM   (1775 words)

  
 (708) Secularism and its Dangers
Secularism, in its correct definition, is the belief that religion should not enter into the affairs of the state; it denies any form of religious faith and worship.
Thus, secularism is the antithesis of Islamic monotheism, which, from the perspective of Islam, is the greatest reality and truth.
Secularism is disbelief and is of the pre-Islamic Taghoot concept which negates and contradicts La ilaha ill Allaah.
www.alminbar.com /khutbaheng/708.htm   (2288 words)

  
 ISLAM AND SECULARISM
A secular state then would not take any religious beliefs or practices into account while legislating on any issue and in some extreme cases even citizens would not be free to have religious faith and declare it and practice it publicly.
As far as orthodoxy or liberalism or secularism is concerned, much depends on the proclivities of the ruling classes in a particular country.
This was in a way a precursor of modern secular nation, every citizen free to follow his/her own faith and tribal customs and their own personal laws but having an obligation towards the city to maintain peace within and defend it from without.
www.punjabilok.com /faith/islam/islamsecular.htm   (3851 words)

  
 Secularism, Secular Humanism
Secularism, however, as a comprehensive philosophy of life expresses an unqualified enthusiasm for the process of secularization in all spheres of life.
Secularism is fatally flawed by its reductionist view of reality, denying and excluding God and the supernatural in a myopic fixation on the immanent and the natural.
In contemporary discussion, secularism and humanism are often seen in tandem as secular humanism, an approach to life and thought, individual and society, which glorifies the creature and rejects the Creator.
mb-soft.com /believe/txn/seculari.htm   (1188 words)

  
 A Clash of Orthodoxies   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Secularism aims to privatize religion altogether, to render religiously informed moral judgment irrelevant to public affairs and public life, and to establish itself, secularist ideology, as the nation’s public philosophy.
Secularism’s account of the relationship between reason and desire, far from being brutally rigorous in eschewing unprovable metaphysical hypotheses, rests upon and entails metaphysical propositions that not only are controversial, but in the end (say, in the case of person/ body dualism) are demonstrably false.
Secularism rests upon and represents a distinct and controversial set of metaphysical and moral propositions having to do with the relationship of consciousness to bodiliness and of reason to desire, the possibility of free choice, and the source and nature of human dignity and human rights.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft9908/articles/george.html   (5531 words)

  
 Light & Life Vol 51 No 1 - The Fruits of Secularism
The word secularism is taken from the Latin word "saecularis" meaning worldly or earthly, as opposed to such terms as religious or supernatural.
We can speak of the secularism of those who deny the existence of God, as do the adherents of secular humanism, who look upon religion and any divine influence on the world and man as pure superstition; and there are not a few of these in positions of influence in our national life.
We can also speak of practical secularism as the way of life of those who, while not denying the existence of God or His influence on the world, in practice live their lives without recognizing that this is God’s world.
www.rosary-center.org /ll51n1.htm   (2349 words)

  
 Weekly Worker 554 - Thursday November 25 2004
Finally, the motion stated that Respect, as a “secular organisation”, is “open to those of all faiths and none, does not favour and is not beholden to any religion or religious institution”.
After all, secularism was used in France to justify the islamophobic ban on the hijab in state schools.
In fact the principle of secularism - the genuine version, that is - ought to command the support of muslims, christians, etc, as well as atheists, in that it proclaims the equality of believers and non-believers before the state.
www.cpgb.org.uk /worker/554/secularism1.htm   (3626 words)

  
 Al-Ahram Weekly | Opinion | Secularism gets the shakes   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The battle between French secularism and the Catholic church was beset with not a few political and intellectual shocks and upheavals during the first half of the last century.
The 1946 and, later, the 1958 constitutions established secularism as a cornerstone of French democracy and as a fundamental value governing the shape and conduct of public social and political life.
Assimilation, in the sense of identifying with and conforming to French secular values is regarded, firstly, as a means of breaking ethnic seclusion and, secondly, as providing greater opportunities for the members of these communities to make their way up the socio-political ladder.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2004/673/op41.htm   (1359 words)

  
 Secularism
It is another name for common sense; that is to say, the adaptation of means to such ends as are desired and understood.
Secularism means food and fireside, roof and raiment, reasonable work and reasonable leisure, the cultivation of the tastes, the acquisition of knowledge, the enjoyment of the arts, and it promises for the human race comfort, independence, intelligence, and above all liberty.
Secularism is a religion, a religion that is understood.
www.infidels.org /library/historical/robert_ingersoll/secularism.html   (639 words)

  
 Secularism (Islaam.Com)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Secularism may be accepted in a Christian society but it can never enjoy a general acceptance in an Islamic society.
as Islam is a comprehensive system of worship (`ibadah) and legislation (Shari`ah), the acceptance of secularism means abandonment of Shari`ah, a denial of the divine guidance and a rejection of Allah’s injunctions; It is indeed a false claim that Shariah is not proper to the requirements of the present age.
Secularism is compatible with the Western concept of God which maintains that after God had created the world, He left it to look after itself.
www.islaam.com /Article.aspx?id=117   (564 words)

  
 Secularism Zindabad!!!!
Secularism means 'the view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.' It also means 'a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations.'
In a country that is constitutionally based on the concept of secularism, such decisions based on racial considerations are nothing but violation of the law.
At a time, when the term secular in India seems largely to be equated with Hindu-baiting, much disquiet is being generated by some events that...
www.rediff.com /news/2005/jan/28koul.htm   (1132 words)

  
 The Hindu : Redefining secularism
The real reason secularism as propounded by Nehru has floundered is that it lacked the positive content of providing a process for assimilation of the lower castes into the elite.
Hence the question is whether we should redefine secularism to make it acceptable to the masses in the polls, or capitulate to the rising fundamentalism in the country.
When Martin Luther had defined secularism in Europe, it simply meant that the power of the state would be exercised independently of the directions of the Church.
www.hindu.com /2004/03/18/stories/2004031801941000.htm   (1567 words)

  
 ipedia.com: Secular Humanism Article   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Secular Humanism is the most prominent branch of Humanism and being that it is grounded in secular philosophy by rejecting supernaturalism, it fundamentally conflicts with religious belief.
Secularism may or may not be opposed to religion per se, but as a social movement it is especially concerned with religious law, whereby a strict doctrine is imposed upon the citizenry dismissing the concept and practice of freedom of religion.
Secular Humanists tend to see Christian fundamentalists as superstitious and regressive, while Christian fundamentalists tend to see Secular Humanists as the work of Satan as a means to direct society away from God.
www.ipedia.com /secular_humanism.html   (358 words)

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