Sunday Terminology: Secularism


Secularism: The term comes from Latin root saeculum which refers to a generation, or roughly a lifetime of a person, or an age. It is a nonreligious approach to individual and social life without referencing to God or any organized religions. Secularism is a world and life view that propounds the ungodliness rather than the godliness, the natural rather than the supernatural explanation. “Secular” came to mean “belonging to this age, worldly.”[1] In general, secularism ratifies this-worldly realities opposed to the transcendent, other-worldly realities.

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[1] Walter A. Elwell, Evangelical dictionary of theology (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1984), 996. Print.

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