By Professor of Religious Studies James R Lewis, Inga Bardsen Tollefsen
While James R. Lewis, one of many editors of the present assortment, first moved to Norway in past due 2009, he used to be unprepared to find that such a lot of researchers in Nordic nations have been generating cutting edge scholarship on new religions and at the new age tradition. actually, during the last dozen years or so, an more and more disproportionate percent of recent religions students have arisen in Nordic nations and educate at universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic international locations. Nordic New Religions, co-edited with Inga B. Tøllefsen, surveys this wealthy box of analysis during this region of the area, targeting the scholarship being produced by way of students during this quarter of northern Europe.
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In general Danish politicians have remained very low key on the subject of new religions. Despite the Dialogue Centre’s intention to reignite the discussion after the demise of Johannes Aagaard, nothing happened, and the organization gradually dissolved, and new religions have remained a peripheral topic in the public debate ever since. The 1990s witnessed a heated debate, but not at all to the extent we have witnessed in other European countries. Over the past decade, the debate has turned into 6 The committee’s work basis (6th rev.
Of these, five were written by Danes, all of whom are historians of religions, but only two of the authors have tenure at a university (myself (two articles) and Olav Hammer (one article) who, by the way, is Swedish, but employed, as myself, at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense). The remaining two Danish authors have different jobs, and cannot 3 jf. dk> (visited March 19th, 2012). The Study of New Religions in Denmark 23 devote themselves to full-time research. Not a very impressive contribution.
However, there is no common focus that characterizes the field, and no common ground to make the many different contributions cohesive. Researchers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds frequently contribute to the study of new religions, which leads to a theoretically and methodologically pluralistic field without clear strategies and clear professional ambitions. As a consequence, any single coherent research strategy should not be expected, but rather an academic area, or field of study, where sharp demarcations and ideological rivalry belong to the order of the day.
Handbook of Nordic New Religions by Professor of Religious Studies James R Lewis, Inga Bardsen Tollefsen