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Secular religion is a term used to describe ideas, theories or philosophies which involve no spiritual component, yet possess qualities similar to those of a religion. Such qualities include such things as dogma, a system of indoctrination, the prescription of an absolute code of conduct, and unquestioning devotion to a higher authority. The secular religion operates in a secular society by filling a role which would be satisfied by the Church, or another religious authority. Social philosopher Raymond Aron notably uses the term to refer to Communism.[1] Likewise, philosopher of science Michael Ruse has made use of the term in discussing evolution theory.[2] Similarly Thomas Frank suggests that the free market has become a secular religion in the United States. [3]

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  1. ^ Aron, R:"The Opium of the Intellectuals", p 265 - 294, London: Secker & Warburg, 1957
  2. ^ PERCEPTIONS IN SCIENCE: Is Evolution a Secular Religion?", Science 7 March 2003
  3. ^ http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Democracy/Rise_MarketPopulism.html

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