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Session 1

Rethinking Nordic religious complexity from organizational, cultural and values perspective

The Nordic countries share similar religious landscapes dominated by protestant majority church organisations having a complementary role in comprehensive welfare systems. They are characterised by strong democratic structures and high levels of trust between individuals and state authorities, as verified by results from World Values Survey. These characteristics as well as the liberation of individuals from traditional religious authority link to the dominant protestant culture.

Previously, 20th century changes in the Nordic religious landscape were routinely explained by secularization. However, in recent decades supplemented by theories of globalization, individualization and recently by complexity theory (Furseth et al. 2018). But are these theories sufficient to understand religious change and the persistent role of church organisations in the Nordic countries? This panel will raise additional research questions with special regard to Nordic societies implicit protestant values, culture and organizational structures. Which theories should be engaged? Which empirical data should be collected?

Contact person: Kimmo Ketola, kimmo.ketola@evl.fi

Sidansvarig: Elin Widfeldt|Sidan uppdaterades: 2020-01-29

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