Tuesday 6 December 2016

David Quinn: Unholy row brewing as secularisation creeps in

Published 11/11/2011 | 05:00

AT today's inauguration of Michael D Higgins in addition to the usual prayers, a reflection will be offered by a secular humanist.

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I say "secular humanist" deliberately because there is a long-standing tradition of Christian humanism as well, dating back to the likes of Erasmus and Thomas More in the 16th Century.

The secular humanist has been invited to say a few words presumably because President Higgins, as he might well be by the time you read this, wants the non-believers of Ireland to be represented at a presidential inauguration for the first time ever and in keeping with his campaign promise to be 'inclusive'.

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