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English Secularism

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"English Secularism" by George J. Holyoake provides a comprehensive overview of the development of secularism in England. Holyoake delves into the historical, political, and social contexts that shaped the rise of secularism in the country. He explores the various factors that led to the growth of secular thought and the challenges faced by secularists in the face of religious dominance.

One of the strengths of this book is Holyoake's clear and concise writing style, which makes complex ideas accessible to readers. He also offers a balanced perspective, acknowledging the contributions of both secularists and religious thinkers to the development of English society.

However, some readers may find Holyoake's arguments to be overly idealistic or lacking in depth. Additionally, the book focuses mainly on the history of secularism in England, which may limit its relevance to a wider audience.

Overall, "English Secularism" is a valuable resource for those interested in the history of secular thought in England. Holyoake's insights shed light on the ongoing tensions between religion and secularism in society, making this book a thought-provoking read for anyone interested in these themes.

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What is Secularism?

"Secularism espouses the cause of the world versus theology; of the secular and temporal versus the sacred and ecclesiastical. Secularism claims that religion ought never to be anything but a private affair; it denies the right of any kind of church to be associated with the public life of a nation, and proposes to supersede the official influence which religious institutions still exercise in both hemispheres."

George Holyoake was an English freethinker and one of the last persons in England to be convicted and jailed for blasphemy. He coined the term "secularism" while being an editor for the secularist newspaper "The Reasoner".

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