Secularism vs Pluralism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between secularism and pluralism

is that secularism is a position that religious belief should not influence public and governmental decisions while pluralism is the quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.

secularism

English

Noun

  • A position that religious belief should not influence public and governmental decisions
  • The related political belief in the separation of church and state
  • See also

    * agnosticism * atheism * humanism * English words suffixed with -ism

    pluralism

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.
  • (ecclesiastical) The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.
  • (social science) A social system based on mutual respect for each other's cultures among various groups that make up a society, wherein subordinate groups do not have to forsake their lifestyle and traditions but, rather, can express their culture and participate in the larger society free of prejudice.
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  • Synonyms

    * (ecclesiastical) plurality

    References

    * * Guy Ankerl: Coexisting Contemporary Civilizations: Arabo-Muslim, Bhrati, Chinese, and Western. INUPress, Geneva, 2000 ISBN 2-88155-004-5 English words suffixed with -ism