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Secularism and Religion

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Secularism and Religion
HIS104: World Civilizations II
Stefanie Wyszynski
January 3rd, 2013









The subject of religion is considered by many to be one of the most controversial, never-ending topics of discussion that exists. Secularism is also an arguably endless topic of debate and the two seem to usually go hand-in-hand. Although virtually opposite by definition, the correlations within the aspects of contrast and comparison make for a unified subject. How far back does the secular facet of the theme go? Is the separation of Church and State something that was widely desired and accepted? What are the current effects of Secularism? Amongst many others, the answers to these questions are important to the explanation and debate of Secularism and the effects of religion and the following writings shall depict as such.
As common knowledge has it, most religions started in the beginning of time. There are beliefs that include worship towards a God, Goddess, or even multiple Gods in some cases. Some even believe in animals as higher powers. Whether this is the case or otherwise, the human race has been given the right to choose, praise, and worship since the beginning; but throughout existence there have also been many struggles and complications along the way impeding this freedom.
One example of this lack of freedom is portrayed in a document that was written in England, in1689, that was titled The Toleration Act. A portion of it explains the “oaths” one had to take in order to avoid persecution and prosecution. It reads, “That every such person shall make and subscribe the aforesaid declaration, and also this declaration of fidelity following, viz.
I A. B. do sincerely promise and solemnly declare before God and the world, that I will be true and faithful to King William and Queen Mary; and I do solemnly profess and declare, that I do from my heart abhor, detest, and renounce, as impious and heretical, that damnable doctrine and position,...

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