Secular – Latin ‘Of the age’

Secular: The state of being separate from religion.

The word joined English from French, the word in French being ‘seculer’, which came from the Latin word ‘saecularis’ which meant ‘of the age’ (specifically of the current 100 year period). It was a reaction to the Christian idea that God existed outside of time, and was intended to imply that believers of ‘saecularis’ were of the earth and of the current time.

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