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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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Being a Christian today, he argues, requires finding one's place between secularity and competing world religions, between fundamentalism and syncretism.
A small sampling of topics: secular Jewish culture, being queer and Catholic, gay Iranian migrants to the UK, queer secularity and schools in Toronto, Canada, shifting narratives of former ex-gays, Islam and queer theory, coming out under prohibition in mainline Protestantism, Hinduism and sexuality, and lesbian mothers and trans-racial adoption.
The Rise and Progress needs to be read through the lens of Newman's novel appreciation of lay Christian secularity.
In the century that the laity have been accounted worthy to be both subject and object of theological reflection, conservatives and liberals alike have agreed that the laity's distinctive characteristic is their secularity.
In a chapter in Sanctity and Secularity during the Modernist Period (1999, an earlier volume in the Subsidia hagiographica) and now in this two-volume work, J.
Thomas's creation spirituality is a metaphysics of the gospel which underscores creatures' utter dependence upon God and fosters an attitude of esthetic arrest before creation's beauty; creaturehood is a relation to God, and creatio ex nihilo means that all secularity shines with the light of the sacred.
It addresses but does not develop as deeply questions surrounding the unique role of the laity, the meaning of secularity, and its role in designating functions of church life and the nature of religious life within an evolving church context.
The Fate of Transcendentalism: Secularity, Materiality, and Human Flourishing
the foundation encourages projects that cross religious, geographic, and academic boundaries; advance scholarship that critically examines received assumptions about religion, secularity, and public culture; and work inventively at the intersections of theological inquiry and the multidisciplinary study of religion.
Jolly, folk-flavoured organ carol interludes were interspersed with some reverent and idiomatic choral writing, although secularity seeped into sacred movements as in the jaunty Sanctus
As governments and politicians we respect secularity and don't want to meddle in the work and cooperation of our two churches.
On the religious liberty front, Spadaro and Figueroa say that while the erosion of religious liberty is "clearly a grave threat," "we must avoid its defense coming in the fundamentalist terms of a 'religion in total freedom,' perceived as a direct virtual challenge to the secularity of the state.