The Concept of Secularism in Theological and Political Perspective

The Concept of Secularism in Theological and Political PerspectiveAndrei POPIRDA

Abstract: In a pluralistic society, the concept of secularism acquired many meanings. Clearly, if we take the term strictly etymological its valences not consistent with the principles of modernity. It is therefore necessary, some critical remarks: Can religious affiliations to speak in public? Wants secularism erasing religion from the public and private sphere to move its decline? Taking into account the importance of the historical development of the nation, religious tradition – that identifies most of the population – resulting in distinct rights or privileges with respect to other religions? These interrogations are merely open perspective of the present study: a short history of the concept of secularism, coupled with its erminia in a society that is in constant change.

Keywords: laity, secularism, Europe, pluralist society, religions.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18662/lumenphs.2015.0302.05

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