secular humanism


Definition of secular humanism 

: humanism sense 3 especially : humanistic philosophy viewed as a nontheistic religion antagonistic to traditional religion

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Two errors lurked in that sentence and its presumption — that secular humanism is a religion, and that the Southern Baptists’ religion is a religion. Garry Wills, New York Times, "The Pious Presidency of Jimmy Carter," 26 Apr. 2018 This passionate defense of the Enlightenment ideals of scientific rationalism and secular humanism argues that human progress is a measurable fact and that the current moment is the best ever. Olivia De Recat, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of secular humanism

1895, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of secular humanism

; especially : humanism viewed as a system of values and beliefs that are opposed to the values and beliefs of traditional religions

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