Secularism In Christian Founded Institutions

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Secularism is a world view not usually associated with Christian or religious institutions. Increasingly however, it is evident that Christian institutions have fallen prey to the influence of secularism. The objective of this essay is to analyze various aspects of secularism that are becoming entrenched in Christian founded institutions, and to propose several ways in which this can be countered. The term secularism is derived from the Latin term “saecularis” meaning “of this world” or “of the present age”. The word was used in medieval Europe to describe clergymen who did not take monastic vows or live in seclusion with monks, but rather, chose to live and work “in the world” with the common people. The clergymen who lived and worked “in the world” were perceived as not being able to live up to the high standards of purity and morality, as well as personal standards that their fellow clergy living in seclusion maintained. In the wider social context, the word secularism was coined in 1846 by a British writer George Holyoake (1817-1906) to promote a social order separate from religion. This was during the Age of Enlightenment (nineteenth century), when British society sought to have matters of the state separated from the dominance of the Church. Over time, secularism has become a global movement characteristic of a life defined by indifference to or rejection of religion and religious considerations. In other words, a system of doctrines and practices that is concerned with worldly things, as opposed to spiritual things. “Secularism refers to a situation in which religious faith, for one reason or another is felt to be superfluous. It is a state in which religion loses its hold both at the level of social institutions and at the level of human consciousness. Secularism is a worldview which, in theory and/or practice, denies the immanence of God. Organized religion
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