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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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Diane Long Hoeveler's challenging new study, Gothic Riffs: Secularizing the Uncanny in the European Imaginary, 1780--1820, has two central aims.
Their topics include eating in the wilderness, food in the ordered city, secularizing diet, clean and unclean animals, and sacrifice and slaughter.
Whereas secularizing Westernized autocracies like the Shah's prompted upwellings of religious radicalism, Iran's religious dictatorship has produced a softening secularization that is likely to last, since both non-religious and faithful Iranians increasingly see representative government as indispensable to their values.
Could supposed God fearing conservatives be the worse offenders in the secularizing of America?
Rowland: Against the background of secularizing readings of Gaudium et spes, John Paul II argued that the document needs to bc read from the perspective of Paragraph 22.