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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Historically, Smith's formulation played an important role in the development of secularity, as it promised harmony without divinity.
Meanwhile, the unique place granted Europe in accounts that read secularity as grounded in Christianity, and the redemptive invitations for Muslims to transcend their sensuous religiosity, each echo Weber's civilizational fault-lines.
Catholic colleges such as the University of Notre Dame, for example, though usually quite liberal in trying to show acceptance of a wide variety of religious backgrounds, have made it clear that they treat secularity much differently.
This is particularly important for Christianity, as the author argues that it goes beyond mere coexistence with secularity to mean that one is more Christian for being an active participant in a secular world.
religion, education (1993) and Secularity and Republic (1995), calls
During his visit, the Pope expressed fears about our society's growing secularity.
Secularity is a heterogeneous phenomenon and this complexity must be appreciated.
Secularity and the Gospel: Being Missionaries to Our Children
In one sense, one could say that Islam and its representation, and romance and its evolution, are only two possible angles through which to explore the transformation from Christendom to Europe, and the advent of modern secularity.
Grounded in print and discourse communities and an assortment of institutional matrices, fundamentalism coalesced in reaction to perceptions that modernity brought with it a secularity that threatened to dissolve faith and the way of life thought to be rooted in it.
It teaches we must fuse spirituality with secularity, a calling so important for our times, for it human progress must be founded on spiritual values instead of our self-centred, exploitative tendencies.