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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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Lord Carey said it was a "bit rich" to hear Mr Cameron tell religious leaders to face down aggressive secularisation when the Coalition seemed to be "aiding and abetting" such a practice.
She adds: "For me, one of the most worrying aspects about this militant secularisation is that at its core and in its instincts it is deeply intolerant.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997]; and Secularisation in Western Europe, 1848-1914 [New York: St.
Toutefois, la demarche n'aspire pas a couvrir tous les aspects du discours public de l'EOR concernant le theme mentionne, mais une partie bien delimitee: la secularisation.
Feudalism and secularisation still exist, undermining the argument that they anchor the Middle Ages as a period concept and supply the narrative bases of the 'modern' sovereign state and secular politics.
As early as the 19th century, western social scientists were already predicting the demise of religion and the rise of secularisation as the inevitable result of modernity and liberal democracies.
In an age of secularisation, why should people care if their politicians have a faith or not?
In Theology and Secularisation, a pastoral instruction issued at the end of March, 2006, the Spanish bishops say theologians have "disturbed ecclesial life and the faith of simple persons" through their dissent from the hierarchy, false teaching on the person of Jesus Christ, and negation of such "truths of our faith" as "the resurrection of the flesh, individual and final judgement, purgatory, and the real possibility of eternal damnation (hell), or eternal happiness (heaven)" (Tablet, Aug.
This apparently simple act is underscored by centuries of philosophical and architectural visions, from the biblical descriptions of the Holy Citadel, Vitruvius' circular ideal city, Ebenezer Howard's Garden City, to the Modernist secularisation of contemporary urban utopia by the rigour of the grid and the excesses of motorisation (Chandigarh, Brasilia, Canberra).
He added: "I deplore this gradual but steady secularisation of the sacraments.
Thus, the issue of secularisation, which really was an internal Church matter in the first place, developed into one that had racial overtones.