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Church & State Fundamentals: Religious Origins of Secularism

By February 18, 2013

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Because the concept of the secular is normally conceived as standing in opposition to religion many people may not realize that it originally developed within a religious context. This may also come as quite a surprise to religious fundamentalists who decry the growth of secularism in the modern world.


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February 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm
(1) Paul Buchman says:

Thank you for this concise history of secularism. Lots of good info. here for the student (me).

Eventually a number of theologians, most notably Duns Scotus and William of Ockham, argued that all doctrines of the Christian faith were fundamentally based upon revelation, and as such were necessarily filled with contradictions which would cause problems for human reason.

The quoted paragraph is especially interesting to me, and it bears further investigation. Theologians saying that revelation “necessarily” causes contradictions is an amazing idea!

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