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Religion in the Nordic Countries: Between Private and Public
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions. (Impact of Religion Programme)
2014 (English)In: Journal of Contemporary Religion, ISSN 1353-7903, E-ISSN 1469-9419, Vol. 29, no 1, 61-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A new visibility of religion in public life can be observed in the Nordic countries. This visibility is not due to a popular claim for a return of religion in the public sphere. As the research conducted at Uppsala University indicates, the visibility of religion in the Nordic countries reflects several concurring factors: namely the state’s continued relationship with churches and other religions; the growth of new forms of social exclusion drawing religion into public discussions on ethical and social issues; a growing religious pluralism prompting political and legal regulation; and a spirituality relating to existential and quality of life issues. The results raise important questions on Nordic modernity. They suggest that religion becomes public in several ways and emerges as an arena that connects the private and the public beyond conventional distinctions. 

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2014. Vol. 29, no 1, 61-74 p.
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Modernity, Secular State, Religious visibility, Religious pluralism, Sprirituality
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Sociology of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213635DOI: 10.1080/13537903.2014.864804OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213635DiVA: diva2:682957
Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
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