The key difference between religious and secular literature is that the religious literature has its base on religion whereas the secular literature has no base in religion.
The two terms religious and secular are opposing terms. Thus, secular literature refers to the opposite of religious literature. In fact, most modern literary works fall into the category of secular literature.
1. Overview and Key Difference
2. What is Religious Literature
3. What is Secular Literature
4. Side by Side Comparison – Religious vs Secular Literature in Tabular Form
What is Religious Literature?
Religious literature basically refers to the collection of literary work based on religion. Religious beliefs and traditions are a main theme or concept in religious literature. In the west, the term religious literature refers to books based on Christian principles. However, religious literature in the east is based on different religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Since religion played a very important aspect in the social and intellectual lives of people in the past (during the medieval era, Renaissance, etc.) almost all literature during this period are based on religious principles. Religious writers produced various genres of works such as poetry, essays, and stories.