Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
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Secularization and Secularism in Cuba

  • Maximiliano TrujilloEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_600

Definition

The term secularization designates a process of cultural transformation that begins timidly in the so-called Renaissance and extends throughout the modern time. It implies the progressive autonomization of civil society and state institutions regarding the hegemony of the Christian religion over the whole life of society.

What Is Secularism?

The secularism of the state takes place through the legal provisions of the separation of the state and the different religious, agnostic or atheistic institutions, and the neutrality of the state with regard to the different options of private conscience. Secularism can be defined as a social regime of coexistence, whose political institutions are legitimized by popular sovereignty and not by religious elements. Taking into account the criteria of Habermas and Ratzinger (2008: 28), secularism is the separation of the religious sense in the ideological constructions of the political life in the modern society. Roberto Blancarte (in...

Keywords

Communist Party Cuba Roman Catholic Church Secularism Secularization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Filosofía e HistoriaUniversidad de la HabanaLa HabanaCuba