- MODERNITY, MODERNISM, AND RELATED DEFINITIONS
- various terms conveying essentially the same idea. The most important of these are1) Modern or which is new as opposed to that which is ancient, that which is innovative as opposed to that which is TRADITIONAL;2) Modernism which is an explicit and self-conscious commitment to the modern in intellectual, cultural and theological affairs; (3) Modernization or a program committed to remaking SOCIETY, the political order and theological beliefs in support of the new; (4) Modernity or the quality and condition of being modern. All religious TRADITIONS have experienced the effects of modernity although they have been most noticeable in CHRISTIANITY where they have been associated with SECULARIZATION and explicit attacks of TRADITIONAL BELIEFS and VALUES in the name of SCIENCE.
Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.
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