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By "secularize" we mean to move from otherworld-liness to worldliness, to present a more distant and indistinct conception of the supernatural, to relax the moral restrictions on members, and to surrender claims to an exclusive and superior truth.[1]

  1. Roger Finke and Roger Stark, “How the Upstart Sects Won America: 1776-1850,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 28, no. 1 (1989): 27, p. 28.