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The Christian roots of secularism

As the first decade of the third Christian millennium draws to an increasingly troubled close, the verdict of historians on its significance can already be anticipated. Two themes will predominate. The first, exemplified by the present carnage in the financial markets, will be the quickening of the west’s decline relative to China and India; the second, not entirely coincidentally, will be the tensions in the relationship between the west and the Muslim world.


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