The Religion News Service reports on a scholarly conference at Georgetown University last week that focused on secularism. The conference was organized by Christian history professor John Fea and Jacques Berlinerblau, an atheist professor at Georgetown. In conversation, the two found that they had much in common in their views on government and history, especially as regards the need for increased separation of religion and political life.

Though the term "secular" leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of many Evangelicals, much of this cultural distaste comes not from the inherent meaning of the word itself, but from connotations of atheism or anti-religiosity, especially in the aftermath of America's "moral majority" years. This conference represents a new level of academic dialogue related to public faith in our day. Keep your ears open for more.

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