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  • He nodded the head solemnly and vanished for the second time, to return on all fours: in a few moments with a learned volume, the only secular work in his possession.   (source)
  • Besides, it was Sunday; and there was something about Bartleby that forbade the supposition that he would by any secular occupation violate the proprieties of the day.   (source)
  • My family and I were secular Muslims, like most of the population.†   (source)
  • Dad's church encouraged all of this because it doubted the wisdom of secular science and the morality of secular music.†   (source)
  • Father saw himself as part of the New India—rich, modern and as secular as ice cream.†   (source)
  • They were crossing the broad coastal plain where the secular winds drove them in howling clouds of ash to find shelter where they could.†   (source)
  • I thought of Bud as a secular god of Baden, and everyone in town as his devotee.†   (source)
  • The creation of a single unified world state-a kind of secular New World Order.†   (source)
  • The labels on the cassettes were authentic period labels, dating, of course, from some time before the inception of the early Gilead era, as all such secular music was banned under the regime.†   (source)
  • Later, it evolved into a secular holiday, mainly for children.†   (source)
  • She is careful to choose ones that say "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" as opposed to "Merry Christmas," to avoid angels or nativity scenes in favor of what she considers firmly secular images— a sleigh being pulled through a snow-covered field, or skaters on a pond.†   (source)
  • They had judiciary powers, and could act as judges in both the religious and secular courts.†   (source)
  • The predeuteronomic law was largely concerned with sacred matters, while the deuteronomic law's main concern is the education of the king and his people-secular matters in other words.†   (source)
  • Luma explained that as a Muslim, even a secular one, she didn't eat pork, and suggested they pick turkey bacon instead.†   (source)
  • Here was the secular version of the Pentecostal fire, burning before her very eyes.†   (source)
  • When they lived in the old city, Juvenal Urbino and his family would walk on Sundays from their house to the Cathedral for eight o'clock Mass, which for them was more a secular ceremony than a religious one.†   (source)
  • These are days of secular optimism, of self-celebration.†   (source)
  • He did not need to be ordained, for the traditional religion of the Xhosas is characterized by a cosmic wholeness, so that there is little distinction between the sacred and the secular, between the natural and the supernatural.†   (source)
  • Doctors Without Borders works heroically in remote areas, and so do some other secular groups.†   (source)
  • Matron had no doubt, as blood dripped to the floor: this time it was secular bleeding.†   (source)
  • Trust in God sustained her, and from time to time secular sources supplemented her faith in His forthcoming mercy; she read of a miracle medicine, heard of a new therapy, or, as most recently, decided to believe that a "pinched nerve" was to blame.†   (source)
  • But the insiders knew that it had a perfectly secular meaning as well.†   (source)
  • Cricket hero Imran Khan had become a sort of secular saint.†   (source)
  • To be honest, I had split religion along the seam of secular and nonsecular; choosing to concentrate on the beauty of a Caravaggio without noticing the Madonna and child; or finding the best lamb recipe for a lavish Easter dinner, without thinking about the Passion.†   (source)
  • To a secular mind like mine, it always seemed incongruous that Dryden should have chosen the Latin phrase "annus mirabilis" to describe that terrible year of 1666, marked by plague, the Great Fire, and the war with the Dutch.†   (source)
  • Secular literature was forbidden, and the Hasidim lived shut off from the rest of the world.†   (source)
  • But because Lincoln never attached himself to an organized religion as an adult, his ability to combine the secular and the religious in the way he goes about his life will later have everyone from atheists to humanists to Calvinists claiming that he is one of theirs.†   (source)
  • Seeing you
    I want no other life
    and turn around
    to the sky
    and everywhere below
    jungle, waves of heat
    secular love
    Holding the new flowers
    a circle of
    first finger and thumb
    which is a window†   (source)
  • And I have watched many churches commit themselves to a completely other worldly religion which makes a strange, un-Biblical distinction between body and soul, between the sacred and the secular.†   (source)
  • She decided to take the veil, which shocked her secular mother.†   (source)
  • Afterward it is only this signal, really dross, this secular announcement, and never what is revealed during the attack, that he remembers.†   (source)
  • And I never felt anything like the pang of secular longing that I'd felt as a much younger child to go up onto the stage at the Century Theatre when the magician dazzlingly called for the valuable assistance of a child from the audience in the performance of his next feat of magic.†   (source)
  • It was a completely secular age.†   (source)
  • They were very involved in local politics, belonged to secular nationalist parties and were against involvement in the war.   (source)
  • By contrast we Pashtuns are very divided, some following Imran Khan because he's a great cricketer, some Maulana Fazlur Rehman because his party JUI is Islamic, some the secular ANP because it's a Pashtun nationalist party, and some the PPP of Benazir Bhutto or the PML(N) of Nawaz Shard.   (source)
  • The sweeping waste, hydroptic and coldly secular.†   (source)
  • Grace Fahey was at the wheel, a young nun in secular dress.†   (source)
  • It was otherworldly, hallowed ground, but still secular.†   (source)
  • Celebrating church holidays was forbidden, and no one cared about their secular replacements.†   (source)
  • A secular Jewish state in my father's eyes is a sacrilege, a violation of the Torah.†   (source)
  • Secular bleeding hearts and religious bleeding hearts will have to forge a common cause.†   (source)
  • On the secular level all we can see is one piston, hopefully moving.†   (source)
  • Secular as in nonreligious?†   (source)
  • Since it is a secular holiday, Nowruz is celebrated by the entire country, as Thanksgiving is in the United States.†   (source)
  • In his growing up in an academic family, there was a secular trinity: NBC, the National League, and the Democratic Party.†   (source)
  • It means New Secular Order.†   (source)
  • with their tongues aloll and foot-slaves following half naked and sorely burdened and above all the low chant of their traveling song which the riders sang as they rode, nation and ghost of nation passing in a soft chorale across that mineral waste to darkness bearing lost to all history and all remembrance like a grail the sum of their secular and transitory and violent lives.†   (source)
  • If there is a secular equivalent of standing in a great spired cathedral with marble pillars and streams of mystic al light slanting through two-tier Gothic windows, it would be watching children in their little bedrooms fast asleep.†   (source)
  • Mortenson's approach hinges on a simple idea: that by building secular schools and helping to promote education—particularly for girls—in the world's most volatile war zone, support for the Taliban and other extremist sects eventually will dry up.†   (source)
  • Instead, she explained that her parents were secular and that she did not discover the beauty of the Koran until she was at university.†   (source)
  • Stiff with arthritis and repenting her wayward life, in those days Lucrecia del Real not only provided her with the best company, she also consulted with her regarding the civic and secular projects that were being arranged in the city, and this made her feel useful for her own sake and not because of the protective shadow of her husband.†   (source)
  • Pasted to the flanks of every piece of rusting war materiel, the face of Shah Ahmed Massoud regarded their progress from posters, a secular saint of northern Afghanistan, insinuating from somewhere beyond life that these sacrifices had been necessary.†   (source)
  • And if visions could happen in Fatima and Lourdes and Guadalupe, who was I to doubt that a secular vision of my mother had not appeared to him in a frost-rimmed rooming house window, just as I had seen and felt her in the autoclave room as a young boy?†   (source)
  • Religion plays a particularly profound role in shaping policies on population and family planning, and secular liberals and conservative Christians regularly square off.†   (source)
  • He joined the secular resistance and, later, al-Qaeda in Iraq, where he met and befriended Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.†   (source)
  • Reb Saunders had drawn the line not at secular literature, not at Freud—assuming he knew somehow that Danny had been reading Freud—but at Zionism.†   (source)
  • Shay Bourne is not a Muslim, or a Wiccan; he's not a secular humanist or a member of the Baha'i faith.†   (source)
  • And his words have been used by the Supreme Court many times—in fact, the Lemon test, which the high court has used since 1971, says that for a law to be constitutional, it must have a secular purpose, must neither advance nor inhibit religion, and must not result in excessive government entanglement with religion.†   (source)
  • In that time, two of his victims succumbed to their wounds down the hallway in the trauma center—the older of the Haredim, and the secular Israeli who had been mistakenly shot.†   (source)
  • The Samson Raphael Hirsch Seminary and College was the only yeshiva in the United States that offered a secular college education.†   (source)
  • But even after he learned German he was not satisfied, because the reading of secular books was forbidden.†   (source)
  • The next to arrive was a secular Israeli man, thirty-five or so, an oxygen mask over his face, a bullet in his chest, conscious, breathing, but just barely.†   (source)
  • It would be better to have a house in the secular belt of suburbs along the Coastal Plain, or a large apartment in one of the smart new towers that seemed to sprout overnight along the sea in Tel Aviv.†   (source)
  • My father had told me once that it had been built in the early twenties by a group of Orthodox Jews who wanted their sons to have both a Jewish and a secular education.†   (source)
  • Reb Saunders didn't mind his son reading forbidden books, but never would he let his son be the friend of the son of a man who was advocating the establishment of a secular Jewish state run by Jewish goyim.†   (source)
  • But over the next century and a ha If the paranoia recedes, as they come to discover the secular Tristero.†   (source)
  • She thought of other, immobilized freight cars, where the kids sat on the floor planking and sang back, happy as fat, whatever came over the mother's pocket radio; of other squatters who stretched canvas for lean-tos behind smiling billboards along all the highways, or slept in junkyards in the stripped shells of wrecked Plymouths, or even, daring, spent the night up some pole in a lineman's tent like caterpillars, swung among a web of telephone wires, living in the very copper rigging and secular miracle of communication, untroubled by the dumb voltages flickering their miles, the night long, in the thousands of unheard messages.†   (source)
  • His secular character remains without; he sheds it as a snake its slough.†   (source)
  • Its ideals are not those of the hieratic pantomime, making visible on earth the forms of heaven, but of the secular state, in hard and unremitting competition for material supremacy and resources.†   (source)
  • In the later stages of many mythologies, the key images hide like needles in great haystacks of secondary anecdote and rationalization; for when a civilization has passed from a mythological to a secular point of view, the older images are no longer felt or quite approved.†   (source)
  • The universal triumph of the secular state has thrown all religious organizations into such a definitely secondary, and finally ineffectual, position that religious pantomime is hardly more today than a sanctimonious exercise for Sunday morning, whereas business ethics and patriotism stand for the remainder of the week.†   (source)
  • into four classes: () ) Stun, which are regarded as direct divine revelation; these include the four Vedas (ancient books of psalms) and certain of the Upanisacis (ancient books of philosophy); (a) Smrti, which include the traditional teachings of the orthodox sages, canonical instructions for domestic ceremonials, and certain works of secular and religious law, as well as the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, which of course includes the Bhagavad Gita; (3) Purana, which are the Hindu mythological and epic works par excellence; these treat of cosmogonic, theological, astronomical, and physical knowledge; and (4) Tantra, texts describing techniques and rituals for the worship o†   (source)
  • Such a monkey-holiness is not what the functioning world requires; rather, a transmutation of the whole social order is necessary, so that through every detail and act of secular life the vitalizing image of the universal god-man who is actually immanent and effective in all of us may be somehow made known to consciousness.†   (source)
  • It's some of those secular priests, ignorant, bumptious—†   (source)
  • The Christian Middle Ages clearly saw that the secular state was inherently capitalist.†   (source)
  • He dominated the forest, the secular gloom, the old mankind.†   (source)
  • Sitnikov was the tutor to whom Seryozha's secular education had been intrusted.†   (source)
  • I passed three years in the Castle of St. Angelo, and then came back to secular life.†   (source)
  • I showed in my former volumes how the American clergy stand aloof from secular affairs.†   (source)
  • The long reaches that were like one and the same reach, monotonous bends that were exactly alike, slipped past the steamer with their multitude of secular trees looking patiently after this grimy fragment of another world, the forerunner of change, of conquest, of trade, of massacres, of blessings.†   (source)
  • Ask me rather would I suffer others to rob me, or if they did, would I call down upon them what I believe is called the chastisement of the secular arm?†   (source)
  • The secular cooling that must someday overtake our planet has already gone far indeed with our neighbour.†   (source)
  • Purely secular songs are few in number, partly because many of them were turned into hymns by a change of words, partly because the frolics were seldom heard by the stranger, and the music less often caught.†   (source)
  • However, as your present mood seems to be one peculiarly secular, I will return to the church at once.†   (source)
  • No, it was not picturesque; the East, abandoning its secular magnificence, was descending into a valley whose farther side no man can see.†   (source)
  • Secular and religious education had effaced the throat-grappling instinct, or else firm finance held in check the passions.†   (source)
  • It, too, was in holiday attire, for one of those days which are the only true holidays, the holy days of religion, because they are not appointed by any capricious accident, as secular holidays are appointed, upon days which are not specially ordained for such observances, which have nothing about them that is essentially festal—but it was attired even more richly than the rest, for the flowers which clung to its branches, one above another, so thickly as to leave no part of the tree undecorated, like the tassels wreathed abou†   (source)
  • It had led him from strife to peace, and through death into the innermost life of the people; but the gloom of the land spread out under the sunshine preserved its appearance of inscrutable, of secular repose.†   (source)
  • "—we, for our part," Naphta continued, "are perhaps no less revolutionary than you, but we have always deduced, first and foremost, the supremacy of the Church over the secular state.†   (source)
  • Above stood the secular power of Mau—elephants, artillery, crowds—and high above them a wild tempest started, confined at first to the upper regions of the air.†   (source)
  • Secular and religious education had effaced the throat-grappling instinct, or else firm finance held in check the passions.†   (source)
  • For there is something transcendent about your capitalist world republic— indeed, the world republic is the transcendent secular state, and we are one in our faith that on some distant horizon a final perfect condition awaits mankind that will correspond to his original perfect condition.†   (source)
  • I think it is the lonely, without a fireside or an affection they may call their own, those who return not to a dwelling but to the land itself, to meet its disembodied, eternal, and unchangeable spirit—it is those who understand best its severity, its saving power, the grace of its secular right to our fidelity, to our obedience.†   (source)
  • Yet so loose were the ideas of the times respecting the conduct of the clergy, whether secular or regular, that the Prior Aymer maintained a fair character in the neighbourhood of his abbey.†   (source)
  • Helene understood that the question was very simple and easy from the ecclesiastical point of view, and that her directors were making difficulties only because they were apprehensive as to how the matter would be regarded by the secular authorities.†   (source)
  • Geology has initiated us into the secularity of nature, and taught us to disuse our dame-school measures, and exchange our Mosaic[501] and Ptolemaic schemes[502] for her large style.†   (source)
  • What secular want could the million or so of human beings whose daily labour, six days in the week, lay among these Arcadian objects, from the sweet sameness of which they had no escape between the cradle and the grave—what secular want could they possibly have upon their seventh day?†   (source)
  • But he told Mr. Tulliver several stories about "Swing" and incendiarism, and asked his advice about feeding pigs in so thoroughly secular and judicious a manner, with so much polished glibness of tongue, that the miller thought, here was the very thing he wanted for Tom.†   (source)
  • What would become of him if the Church punished him with her excommunication as the direct consequence of the secular law?†   (source)
  • He stated that his discourses to people were to be sometimes secular, and sometimes religious, but never dogmatic; and that his texts would be taken from all kinds of books.†   (source)
  • It has mingled, though with regret, the secular grandeurs of the monarchy with the new grandeurs of the nation.†   (source)
  • Then they talked of matters secular; but it was noticeable that the lama never demanded any details of life at St Xavier's, nor showed the faintest curiosity as to the manners and customs of Sahibs.†   (source)
  • She grew provoked at the doctrines of religion; the arrogance of the polemic writings displeased her by their inveteracy in attacking people she did not know; and the secular stories, relieved with religion, seemed to her written in such ignorance of the world, that they insensibly estranged her from the truths for whose proof she was looking.†   (source)
  • I have a dreadfully secular mind.†   (source)
  • So of her curled fronts: Mrs. Glegg had doubtless the glossiest and crispest brown curls in her drawers, as well as curls in various degrees of fuzzy laxness; but to look out on the week-day world from under a crisp and glossy front would be to introduce a most dreamlike and unpleasant confusion between the sacred and the secular.†   (source)
  • We have therefore summoned to our presence a Jewish woman, by name Rebecca, daughter of Isaac of York—a woman infamous for sortileges and for witcheries; whereby she hath maddened the blood, and besotted the brain, not of a churl, but of a Knight—not of a secular Knight, but of one devoted to the service of the Holy Temple—not of a Knight Companion, but of a Preceptor of our Order, first in honour as in place.†   (source)
  • The more the conditions of men are equalized and assimilated to each other, the more important is it for religions, whilst they carefully abstain from the daily turmoil of secular affairs, not needlessly to run counter to the ideas which generally prevail, and the permanent interests which exist in the mass of the people.†   (source)
  • But it must be admitted that the fixing, which had to come first, was the more difficult task:—what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an "appointment") which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge?†   (source)
  • Nature looks provokingly stable and secular, but it has a cause like all the rest; and when once I comprehend that, will these fields stretch so immovably wide, these leaves hang so individually considerable?†   (source)
  • We have to thank the researches of antiquaries, and the Shakspeare Society,[594] for ascertaining the steps of the English drama, from the Mysteries[595] celebrated in churches and by churchmen, and the final detachment from the church, and the completion of secular plays, from Ferrex and Porrex,[596] and Gammer Gurton's Needle,[597] down to the possession of the stage by the very pieces which Shakspeare altered, remodelled, and finally made his own.†   (source)
  • And Bors was alway with him, but never changed he his secular clothing, for that he purposed him to go again into the realm of Logris.†   (source)
  • The hankering which the Jews had for the idolatrous customs of the Heathens, is something exceedingly unaccountable; but so it was, that laying hold of the misconduct of Samuel's two sons, who were entrusted with some secular concerns, they came in an abrupt and clamorous manner to Samuel, saying, BEHOLD THOU ART OLD, AND THY SONS WALK NOT IN THY WAYS, NOW MAKE US A KING TO JUDGE US, LIKE ALL OTHER NATIONS.†   (source)
  • To be honest, I had split religion along the seam of secular and nonsecular; choosing to concentrate on the beauty of a Caravaggio without noticing the Madonna and child; or finding the best lamb recipe for a lavish Easter dinner, without thinking about the Passion.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "non-" in nonsecular means not and reverses the meaning of secular. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.
  • A solution of the secular problem of the quadrature of the circle, government premium 1,000,000 pounds sterling.†   (source)
  • As object lessons to explain: 1) the nature and habits of oviparous animals, the possibility of aerial flight, certain abnormalities of vision, the secular process of imbalsamation: 2) the principle of the pendulum, exemplified in bob, wheelgear and regulator, the translation in terms of human or social regulation of the various positions of clockwise moveable indicators on an unmoving dial, the exactitude of the recurrence per hour of an instant in each hour when the longer and the shorter indicator were at the same angle of inclination, videlicet, 5 5/11 minutes past each hour per hour in arithmetical progression.†   (source)
  • Satisfaction at the ubiquity in eastern and western terrestrial hemispheres, in all habitable lands and islands explored or unexplored (the land of the midnight sun, the islands of the blessed, the isles of Greece, the land of promise), of adipose anterior and posterior female hemispheres, redolent of milk and honey and of excretory sanguine and seminal warmth, reminiscent of secular families of curves of amplitude, insusceptible of moods of impression or of contrarieties of expression, expressive of mute immutable mature animality.†   (source)
  • And even in secular plays they venture to introduce miracles without any reason or object except that they think some such miracle, or transformation as they call it, will come in well to astonish stupid people and draw them to the play.†   (source)
  • And Bors was alway with him, but never changed he his secular clothing, for that he purposed him to go again into the realm of Logris.†   (source)
  • "Let every Soul be subject to the Higher Powers, for there is no Power but of God;" which is meant, he saith not onely of Secular, but also of Ecclesiasticall Princes.†   (source)
  • Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names,
    Places, and titles, and with these to join
    Secular power; though feigning still to act
    By spiritual, to themselves appropriating
    The Spirit of God, promised alike and given
    To all believers; and, from that pretence,
    Spiritual laws by carnal power shall force
    On every conscience; laws which none shall find
    Left them inrolled, or what the Spirit within
    Shall on the heart engrave.†   (source)
  • * *perhaps
    Marriage is a full great sacrament;
    He which that hath no wife, I hold him shent;* *ruined
    He liveth helpless, and all desolate
    (I speak of folk *in secular estate*): *who are not
    And hearken why, I say not this for nought, — of the clergy*
    That woman is for manne's help y-wrought.†   (source)
  • Ministeriall was the Office of Deacons, that is, of them that were appointed to the administration of the secular necessities of the Church, at such time as they lived upon a common stock of mony, raised out of the voluntary contributions of the faithfull.†   (source)
  • "Then all we have to do," said the curate, "is to hand them over to the secular arm of the housekeeper, and ask me not why, or we shall never have done."†   (source)
  • The word Minister in the Originall Diakonos signifieth one that voluntarily doth the businesse of another man; and differeth from a Servant onely in this, that Servants are obliged by their condition, to what is commanded them; whereas Ministers are obliged onely by their undertaking, and bound therefore to no more than that they have undertaken: So that both they that teach the Word of God, and they that administer the secular affairs of the Church, are both Ministers, but they are Ministers of different Persons.†   (source)
  • From the same it is, that in every Christian State there are certaine men, that are exempt, by Ecclesiasticall liberty, from the tributes, and from the tribunals of the Civil State; for so are the secular Clergy, besides Monks and Friars, which in many places, bear so great a proportion to the common people, as if need were, there might be raised out of them alone, an Army, sufficient for any warre the Church militant should imploy them in, against their owne, or other Princes.†   (source)
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