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Decoupling Church-State Relation in Sweden: A Brief Post-Mortem
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Five decades’ process of breaking more than four centuries of Church-State ties saw a major break-through at the stroke of the new millennium (the year 2000), with the implementation of legislative reforms aimed at giving the Church of Sweden a greater degree of liberty, while extending greater freedom to other religious communities in Sweden. Almost a decade after this historic legislation most stakeholders claim the impact of the reform has been significant. Indeed the decision to server Church-State ties for whatever purpose or reason, after such a long standing relation between the two, will by all means have implications for the Church that is separated, the State and the so called free churches and other religions in Sweden. Thus, this field study seeks to investigate the resultant impact of delimiting governmental power in the religious domain on the now autonomous church and the implications the separation has had for other “non-state churches” as well as the secularized state government in Sweden almost ten years after the reforms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 66 p.
Keyword [en]
Church-State relations, Church of Sweden, Christianization, Secularization
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Religious Studies History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-12840Archive number: HRV:D10:4OAI: diva2:562181
Subject / course
Religious studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-10-23 Created: 2012-09-11 Last updated: 2012-10-23Bibliographically approved

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