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I. General Church History – II. Europe – III. Latin America

I. General Church History

Laicism (from Gk λαος/laós, “people”; Laity) originated in 19th-century France (laïcisme) as an aggressively anticlerical concept; originally it proposed absolute separation of the state, secular culture, and the church (esp. the Catholic Church; Church and state), opposing all public influence on the part of the church. Its intellectual roots were in the Enlightenment and especially the French Revolution

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Weitlauff, Manfred, Germann, Michael and Klaiber, Jeffrey, “Laicism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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