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Secularism is an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe. It is embodied in the conflict between secular republics – from the US to India – and the challenges they face from resurgent religious identity politics; in the challenges faced by religious states like those of the Arab world from insurgent secularists; and in states like China where calls for freedom of belief are challenging a state imposed non-religious worldview.
In Secularism: politics, religion, and freedom, Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson tells the story of secularism, taking in momentous episodes in world history, such as the great transition of Europe from religious orthodoxy to pluralism, the global struggle for human rights and democracy, and the origins of modernity.
Join Andrew in discussion with Green councillor John Barry to explore the unwarranted influence of religion in local government and secularism, the solution.
Queen's University Belfast
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