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1. The term ‘secularization’ can represent either of two distinct concepts, as it denotes either of two distinct events. One of the latter is any process either of ‘making worldly’ or ‘becoming worldly,’ while the other refers to the state appropriation of church property. ‘Secularization’ has a somewhat different meaning in the legal terminology of the Catholic Chu…

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Kehrer, Günter, “Secularization”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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