secular

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secular

1. not religious.
2. over long periods of time; gradual.

secular changes, trends
changes that occur over long periods, as long as decades.
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Third, Defense against Secularism should work against religious and psychological openness.
Secularism is a doctrine that is not concerned with metaphysics.
There are deep roots in both traditional and modern interpretations of Islam that lend themselves to political secularism.
In other words, contrary to what happened in the West, in the Middle East secularism is associated with oppressive tyranny, and democratic processes -as in Turkey or Egypt-or partially democratic ones, as in Iran, bring religious extremists to power.
Equally, contributors debate the notion of "fullness": does the religious worldview permit a sort of fullness that secularism cannot match?
A second section examines the historical evolution of secularism in Turkey since its origins during the 1920s until recent years and illustrates how this concept has been vaguely defined by political authorities.
Secularism explores the Canadian way of balancing the equal respect due to all citizens and the right to religious freedom.
There is a definition of secularism in Turkey's Constitution dated 1982.
He will also say: "Perhaps more than ever before, there is that aggressive secularism and there are those who would indeed try to destroy our Christian heritage and culture and take God from the public square.
Erdogan told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that Turkey was the only Muslim country that had copied the French law on secularism, or separating church and state.
By exploring the historical strains of secularism in each locale, he shows that current challenges to secularism are not a contemporary phenomenon, but a continuation of broader struggles to define secularism in specific, historically religious cultures.
Under the headline "Lebanon's Salvation Lies with Secularism," Zayan said that while he was following up the demonstration against the sectarian system, he imagined "a democratic Lebanon with secular Lebanese belonging to the Constitution, law, order and freedom rather than to confessions and sects.