To order this book: In the U.S. please contact: International Specialized Book Services (ISBS, www.isbs.com) on +1-800-944-6190 or e-mail: email@example.com All other countries: Please call us on +45 3919 5500 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - How come that countries which are regarded as being among the most secularized in the world, still have national churches with more or less defined relations to the state? - Why is a vast majority of the population still members of these churches, which are all more or less regulated by public law? - And why then do the other religious communities present in the public sphere have their own internal legal structures? Such puzzling - and challenging - questions are the focus of this book in which Nordic scholars from the disciplines of law, ethics, religious studies, and theology offer critical analyses of religious and secular norms influencing Nordic law. Their research analyzes the historical roots and the current status of relations between religious and secular norms and the law, and they point to possible new routes to offer in this relation in the 21st Century.
This book not only demonstrates where and to what extent the Nordic models need adjustment with inspiration from Europeanized or globalized perspectives. A central conclusion is that the Nordic models themselves can be used for adjustment of other legal and religious systems. The Nordic idea of public religions combined with the secularity of law might be worth reflecting on also outside these countries. . With this rich publication an old scientific field is reopened within Nordic research in new contexts and with new theories and methods. The book explains why studies in Law & Religion have been undermined throughout modernity.
The book's three editors, PhD and professor in Law, Religion and Society Lisbet Christioffersen, jur. dr. dr. h.c.mult., professor em in Legal history Kjell a Modeer and dr. theol., Professor in Etics and philosophy of Religion, Svend Andersen are from the University of Roskilde & Copenhagen in Denmark, from Lund in Sweeden and from Aarhus in Denmark, respectively.
Acknowledgements Introductions An Innovative Nordic Discourse. From Church and State to Law & Religion Introduction to European Church and State Discourses Introduction to American Law and Religion Discourse Prologue Internal Convergence - External Divergence. Religion in Nordic Legal Culture and Tradition at the Threshold of the Third Millenium Part one. Law and Religion The Long Way towards Traditional Autonomy - The Swedish Church and the Law 1968-2008 Finland's Policy on Church and Religion A Case Study of the Evolution of a Nordic Lutheran Majority Church And They Lived Happily Together? On the Relationship between Confessionalism, Establishment and Secularism under the Constitution of Norway State, Church and Religion in Denmark. At the Beginning of the 21st Century Part two. Late Modern Challenges A Remoralized and Resacralized Society - a Late Modern Challenge to Law and Religion On Law, Language and Human Embeddedness The Tenacity of Identity Politics in Norway. From Unabashed Lutheran Monopoly to Pseudo-Lutheran Semi-Hegemony? A Little Church, a Little State, and a Little Commonwealth at Onces. Towards a Nordic Model of Religious Instruction in Public Schools? Promoting Normative Cracks in the Surface. Strasbourg Changing Swedish Legal Culture Secularism - A Quest for Privatization of Religion? Beyond National Majority/Minority Dichotomies. Towards Legal Traditions & Religions of World Society - A Local Example Messianism and the State of Exception - the political theology of Giorgio Agamben in a nordic context How Long is "Now"? The Christian Eschatological Concept of Time within International Laws of, in, and after War: A Critique of Law and our Nordic Societies Part Three. Challenges from Particular Normative Traditions Law in Nordic Lutheranism Lutheran Natural Law. Thought in the Nordic Countries in the 21st century Law, Religion and Ethics in Christian Hymns - A Swedish Example Presence and Mission. The Social-Ethical Engagement of the Catholic Church Within the Nordic Context 1970-2006 Jewish Perspectives on Law and Religion. In the Nordic Countries in the 21st Century Islam & Law in the Nordic Countries in the 21st Century. Challenges and New Perspectives Feminism and the Challenge to Religious Truths on Marriage. The Case of Nordic Protestantism Secular Human Rights Perspectives. As a Challenge to Nordic Law & Religion Solutions Part four. A Defining Challenge? Church Autonomy in Nordic Law Epilogue Nordic Law in Changed Religious Landscapes Contributors - Alphabetically Books Published in the Law & Religion in the 21st Century Series Index