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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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But when the secularizing momentum of the modern removes the sacred canopy and imperils the mediations, religion in a self-defensive act can transform the mediations into its very contents.
They reconstruct their story from lecture notes, course descriptions, and published writings, arguing that the proliferation of scientific research delivered two powerful secularizing blows.
The rush to shake a few dollars from the state treasury or win government support for religious projects has an inevitable secularizing effect that cheapens religion.
Perhaps home-schooling families are in the best position to recover this tradition since they are quite aware of the secularizing forces within the different churches and educational systems, and can make the study of Christian culture a vital part of their curriculum.
Jews now undertook a process of secularizing Jewish history, recasting it as the result of human endeavor, not supernatural manipulation.
The informal negotiations of power inherited from Diaspora communities, plus the overriding unitary pull of forging a Jewish state, have allowed the Israeli polity to accommodate telling communal differences between eastern and western Jews, and even to find room for a resurgence of "religious [dati]" Jews whose renewed fervor belies the secularizing thesis endemic to the modernist enterprise that is (or was) Zionism.