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Routes and relations in Scandinavian interfaith forums: Governance of religious diversity by states and majority churches

Journal article
Authors L. P. Galal
L. L. Liebmann
Magdalena Nordin
Published in Social Compass
Volume 65
Issue 3
Pages 329-345
ISSN 0037-7686
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 329-345
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1177/0037768618787239
Keywords interfaith, interreligious dialogue, majority churches, religious diversity, Scandinavia, cooperation, Sweden
Subject categories Sociology of religion

Abstract

In the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, as elsewhere in Europe, governance of religious diversity has become a matter of renewed concern. A unique aspect of the Scandinavian situation is the hegemonic status of the respective Lutheran Protestant majority churches, usually referred to as folk churches', with which the majority of the population associates, alongside a prevalence of high degrees of regional secularism. As such, the majority churches have played a key role as both instigators and organisers of several interfaith initiatives, and have thereby come to interact with the public sphere as providers of diversity governance. Based on country-level studies of policy documents on majority-church/interreligious relations and field studies, this article sets out to explore the prompting and configuration of majority-church-related interfaith initiatives concerning church-state relations and the governance of religious diversity.

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