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Secularism is when a government or a institution completely separates themselves from religion or religious beliefs.
It is a way to promote secular ideas or values in public or private settings, away from religion.
The term secularism was first used by George Jacob Holyoake, a British writer. He used this to generally promote free thought.
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George Jacob Holyoake
Secularism is was introduced by Holyoake in the 19th century. He believed that we should live in the present world and not dream much and live based on some wishes you may have. You shouldnt think based on things that you would like to be true but on things you can see and know for sure are true.
derives from the Latin
and means pertaining to the real world of the here and now that we experience through our senses and deduce from our reasoning abilities, as contrasted with imagined or dream worlds such as some golden age set in the past, or some future utopia, or some idealised heaven set elsewhere in the universe or beyond.
The philosophy of life called
(a term introduced by G. J. Holyoake in the 19th century — see also the
) therefore means the placing of emphasis on living our lives in the here and now in accordance with the evidence of our senses and our reason and not allowing ourselves to be carried away by wish-fulfilment into believing things just because they sound nice or are what we might like to be true.
This may sound a stern philosophy, and it does indeed require each individual to be prepared to think for themselves. This is why secularism is associated with
which is the willingness to consider alternative points of view, and
which questions traditions and all people who set themselves up as authorities or experts.
What secularists believe to be true about the world therefore is what we can deduce by reason applied to the evidence of our senses. This is also called
) though for much of everyday life it amounts to little more than
. However, for aspects of the world beyond everyday experience, such as on the large scale of galaxies, the small scale of atoms, the distant past of evolution, the possible future consequences of our actions, and the often mysterious workings of our minds, we have to rely on the findings of
, though not uncritically. There is still a lot we do not know, and we must keep an open mind."
is when a government's decisons isnt influced or connected to religon and the country has no main religon.
coined the term Secularism
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