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Secular State Ideologies & Negative Identification

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Some states officially identify with secular ideologies. Ninian Smart has dealt extensively with the interesting question of the extent to which we should consider the nature of secular world-views 'religious'. Before the end of the Cold War, many Communist States did not shy away from being openly hostile to religion. In most instances, communist ideology translated unperturbedly into state atheism, which, in turn, triggered measures aimed at the eradication of religion. The regime of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) has, on the basis of radical interpretations of secular ideologies, attempted to eradicate religion. It will be clear that in this Chapter, a part of the state-religion identification spectrum that is 'beyond' secularism is discussed.

Keywords: Communist Party; negative identification; religion; secular ideologies



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