Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Secularism'
n : a doctrine that rejects religion and religious
- Secularism \Sec"u*lar*ism\, n.
- The state or quality of being secular; a secular spirit; secularity.
- The tenets or principles of the secularists.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Secularism'
Secularism is the concept that government or other entities should exist separately from religion and/or religious beliefs.
In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and the right to freedom from governmental imposition of religion upon the people within a state that is neutral on matters of belief. (See also Separation of church and state and Laïcité.) In another sense, it refers to the view that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be based on evidence and fact unbiased by religious influence.
Secularism draws its intellectual roots from Greek and Roman philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius and Epicurus, medieval Muslim polymaths such as Ibn Rushd, Enlightenment thinkers like Denis Diderot, Voltaire, John Locke, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine, and modern freethinkers, agnostics and atheists such as Bertrand Russell and Robert Ingersoll.[See more about Secularism at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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