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Question: Is there evidence to suggest that Britain was more secular country by the end of the 19th century?
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British citizens became more secular during the Victorian era due to several factors. However, the most important societal changes that promoted the rise of secularism were the growth of Marxism as a political movement and the growth of utilitarianism out of the 18th century Enlightenment movement. The Enlightenment deemphasized God as the primary reason why humans were able to reason with one another. Instead, God was pushed to the background as deists, or thinkers who reduced God’s active role in the world’s affairs, argued that a merciful deity would not permit all of the evils in the world to occur if He were truly active....
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