The South Atlantic Quarterly ï±ï°ï²:ï²/ï³, Spring/Summer ï²ï°ï°ï³. Copyright Â© ï²ï°ï°ï³ by Duke University Press. Christian âârequirement of distance, of non-coincidenceââ 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., âânonexpertââ), but its English usage still seriously conveys its core original aï¬liation 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 âânonexpertââ meaning of lay a ââsecularized,ââ not a ââlaicized,ââ meaning.) Secular is associated, for instance, with varieties of materialisms, humanisms, atheisms, and antitheisms that conceptualize worldliness and ââthe worldââ in ways that sharply diï¬er and depart from the original Christian conception. Indeed, the term secular would not be what it is
South Atlantic Quarterly – Duke University Press
Published: Apr 1, 2003
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