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Turkey, a "Secular" State? The Challenge of Description

Turkey, a "Secular" State? The Challenge of Description The South Atlantic Quarterly :/, Spring/Summer . Copyright ©  by Duke University Press. Christian ‘‘requirement of distance, of non-coincidence’’ 2 between matters of religiosity and matters of the world (seen as corrupted and to be resisted), while laicism underscores the distinction between lay members of a church, or ecclesia, and its religiously wise, clerical strata. Lay certainly has some secularized meanings (e.g., ‘‘nonexpert’’), but its English usage still seriously conveys its core original affiliation with the nonclerical, but still religious, members of a community of believers. By contrast, because of the core contradistinction it conveys between belonging to the world/worldly/temporal matters, on the one hand, and belonging to religion/religious/spiritual/heavenly matters, on the other, the concept secular today connotes a wide range of ideas, institutions, worldviews, ways of living, and other matters that extend well beyond the contours of any religious imagination. (Note that we call the ‘‘nonexpert’’ meaning of lay a ‘‘secularized,’’ not a ‘‘laicized,’’ meaning.) Secular is associated, for instance, with varieties of materialisms, humanisms, atheisms, and antitheisms that conceptualize worldliness and ‘‘the world’’ in ways that sharply differ and depart from the original Christian conception. Indeed, the term secular would not be what it is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png South Atlantic Quarterly Duke University Press

Turkey, a "Secular" State? The Challenge of Description

South Atlantic Quarterly , Volume 102 (2-3) – Apr 1, 2003

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Duke University Press
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0038-2876
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1527-8026
DOI
10.1215/00382876-102-2-3-333
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The South Atlantic Quarterly :/, Spring/Summer . Copyright ©  by Duke University Press. Christian ‘‘requirement of distance, of non-coincidence’’ 2 between matters of religiosity and matters of the world (seen as corrupted and to be resisted), while laicism underscores the distinction between lay members of a church, or ecclesia, and its religiously wise, clerical strata. Lay certainly has some secularized meanings (e.g., ‘‘nonexpert’’), but its English usage still seriously conveys its core original affiliation with the nonclerical, but still religious, members of a community of believers. By contrast, because of the core contradistinction it conveys between belonging to the world/worldly/temporal matters, on the one hand, and belonging to religion/religious/spiritual/heavenly matters, on the other, the concept secular today connotes a wide range of ideas, institutions, worldviews, ways of living, and other matters that extend well beyond the contours of any religious imagination. (Note that we call the ‘‘nonexpert’’ meaning of lay a ‘‘secularized,’’ not a ‘‘laicized,’’ meaning.) Secular is associated, for instance, with varieties of materialisms, humanisms, atheisms, and antitheisms that conceptualize worldliness and ‘‘the world’’ in ways that sharply differ and depart from the original Christian conception. Indeed, the term secular would not be what it is

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South Atlantic QuarterlyDuke University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2003

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