Secularism – the definition

Secularism – the definition

  Secularism: a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations That is how the Princeton University dictionary defines it. That of course is a short description. But who coined the word? Why did he/she coin it? What did he/she mean by it? The various encyclopedias tell us that one British […]


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