Secular vs. Vernacular The following pages describe the difference between secular and vernacular in relation to the Renaissance. Secular • denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis. • Worldly, Humanist, Nonreligious, Educated Vernacular • Vernacular is common language spoken by average citizens of a particular place, or is language used within a particular field, industry, religion or culture. During the Renaissance it would include religious beliefs. • Common, Informal, Profane, Everyday, Ritual, Uneducated Secular or Vernacular • The sacrifice of a virgin into volcano for the purpose of maintaining good graces with your creator. Secular or Vernacular Secular or Vernacular • The performance of the ceremonial Ghost Dance by the Sioux Native Americans for the purpose of driving away white man. Secular or Vernacular • Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Secular or Vernacular • Sir Isaac Newton’s Law of Motion Secular or Vernacular • brother Secular or Vernacular • bro Discuss • Other examples?