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"It’s not about religion, but about manipulation": Polemical discourse against sects and cults in Sweden

Kapitel i bok
Författare Henrik Bogdan
Publicerad i Culture, Health, and Religion at the Millennium / Marie Demker; Yvonne Leffler; Ola Sigurdson (eds.)
Sidor 77-97
ISBN 978-1-349-50116-8
Förlag Palgrave Macmillan
Förlagsort New York
Publiceringsår 2014
Publicerad vid Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion
Sidor 77-97
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137472236_4
Ämneskategorier Kulturstudier, Religionsvetenskap, Religionssociologi

Sammanfattning

One of the key discourses of the Swedish welfare state was, and to a certain extent still is, the tolerance of religious, cultural, and ethnic minorities, and the post– World War II public debate was indeed characterized by open-mindedness toward and acceptance of non-mainstream forms of religion. Although the welfare state was, on the surface, a secular and social-democratic construct, it was firmly built upon the Protestant ethics of the Swedish state church, as discussed in the Introduction to this volume. However, as the homogeneity of Swedish society began to crack and eventually fell apart, the limits of Swedish tolerance toward groups that challenged the image of a “normal” or accepted religion became apparent. Central questions related to the place of religion in “unparadised Sweden” thus came to the fore at an increasing speed: What is the role of religion in Sweden today? Are there forms of religion that are not acceptable? Can religion be dangerous? Questions like these are often raised when the issue of “cults” and “sects” is being discussed.

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