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Religions 2015, 6(4), 1457-1470; doi:10.3390/rel6041457

Can We Move Beyond the Secular State?

Wyke House, Croft Bank, West Malvern, WR14 4BP, UK
Academic Editor: Klaus Baumann
Received: 26 May 2015 / Revised: 1 December 2015 / Accepted: 4 December 2015 / Published: 21 December 2015
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The article argues for re-consideration of the secularization so often in the West regarded as an essential condition for a democratic state. Its inbuilt incoherence and problematic consequences suggest that the term secular should be abandoned. Deep-seated reasons for objecting to such a proposal follow, discussing an affront to personal integrity, confronting intellectual apartheid and analysing abuse of religion. A way forward is suggested in learning to accept unavoidable levels of uncertainty, so that generous-minded dialogue can take the place of either/or thinking. View Full-Text
Keywords: secularist; personal integrity; intellectual apartheid; religious reform; accepting uncertainty secularist; personal integrity; intellectual apartheid; religious reform; accepting uncertainty
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