Secular canon

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(R. C. Ch.) one who did not live in a monastery, but kept the hours.

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It would be 20 years before the secular canon of human rights included socioeconomic rights like the right to development.
The Pope is stripped of his gilded history and reduced to the position of 'everyman'--he is human, vulnerable, and no different from the businessmen or animals who populate Bacon's more nominally secular canon of work.
The first mention of the secular canon is to Samuel Johnson's reference of how a canonical author like Shakespeare should be read.
Surely its most common argument--that the secular canon teaches "humane" and "universal" values, offering standards of excellence for all time--is the least persuasive: if aesthetic judgments are arbitrary (as Marxists claim) rather than universal, then a literary canon preserves little more than the tastes and interests of the dominant class (or race, or gender).
It is also clear that the Church of the Brethren produced no memorable sentence in nearly three hundred years, no candidate for entry into the secular canon of sages.
Himself a secular canon, whose endowment of two chaplaincies is commemorated in the inscription on Van Eyck's frame, he thus declares his institutional affiliation with the Church.
And yet, we balk at music from the secular canon, even though it, too, contains songs of profound faithfulness and devotion.
Based on a passage in the Vita, Saucier suggests that the churches were aligned physically as an analogy derived from John 19:25-27 and that the Vita was used to promote the secular canons of Liege.
Chapters 3 to 6 each feature a single sermon from the Franciscan, Benedictine, Augustinian and secular canons respectively.
But what seems to have been overlooked by these sources is that during the reign of Edward III, Sir Thomas Astley had obtained permission to change the seven serving priests of the time into a dean and two secular canons supported by lay members and novices.
125), and Robert Alter, taking the Bible's extraordinary literary influence as his starting point, proves that even secular canons may turn out to be "bustling junctions of contradictory aims and values and not, as many of the new critics of the canon claim, chiefly vehicles for the enforcement of conformity" (p.