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Straarup, J. & Ekberg, M. (2012). Den sorglöst försumliga kyrkan: Belyst norrifrån. Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den sorglöst försumliga kyrkan: Belyst norrifrån
2012 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

En av Svenska kyrkans församlingar i norra Sverige ber två religionsvetare i Umeå genomföra en undersökning om religiösa funderingar och seder. De två intervjuar och skickar frågeformulär efter konstens alla regler till invånare i Bottneå (så har församlingen kallats i boken). Den bild av Bottneå som framkommer jämförs sedan med en liknande bild av Luleå stift i vilket Bottneå ingår, och av Svenska kyrkan som helhet. Det är inte en bild som i alla avseenden är angenäm för Svenska kyrkan. Utan att stå på riktigt säker vetenskaplig grund påstår de två religionsvetarna att bilden av hela Sverige nog inte skiljer sig särskilt mycket från bilden av Bottneå. Ur kyrklig synvinkel är bilden av Bottneå möjligen mer positiv än av kyrkan som helhet. Inte nog med det! De två religionsvetarna påstår att det kyrkliga lågvattenmärket bör ses som ett resultat av kyrkliga försummelser. Svenska kyrkan har inte krävt kompensation av svenska staten för att den offentliga skolan avlägsnat sig från kristendomsundervisning, och kyrkan har inte byggt upp ett eget sätt att förmedla innehållet i kristendomen till nya generationer. Försumligheten har lett till okunskap inte bara om kristna trosföreställningar utan även om kyrkan som sådan. Därav kommer ointresset av att delta i kyrkans verksamhet, det vill säga det som resultaten i Bottneå visar.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2012. p. 209
Keywords
religionsundervisning, kristendomsundervisning, kyrkostatistik, folkskola, kyrka
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55598 (URN)978 91 7580 589-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-05-22 Created: 2012-05-22 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Straarup, J. (2012). ’Don’t deal with symptoms, cure the disease’, the doctor said: How, during the 20th century, the Church of Sweden has worked with internal quality assurance instead of renewal of its membership.. In: Kati Niemelä (Ed.), Church work and management in change: (pp. 258-272). Tampere, FI: Church Research Institute
Open this publication in new window or tab >>’Don’t deal with symptoms, cure the disease’, the doctor said: How, during the 20th century, the Church of Sweden has worked with internal quality assurance instead of renewal of its membership.
2012 (English)In: Church work and management in change / [ed] Kati Niemelä, Tampere, FI: Church Research Institute , 2012, p. 258-272Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

For half a century, the Church of Sweden has experienced decline of participation in church activities. The level of participation in church activities decreases. Church statistics show that.

At the same time, religious education has been dismantled in the public schools. The church’s education following infant baptism has disappeared, and the education offer before adolescent confirmation competes in a tough market with other teenager interests.

A recent survey carried out in local setting shows that the level of knowledge and interest in religious matters and life values is low. The parishioners lack a language for talking about religion, and their knowledge about basic religious concepts are next to nil.

These facts are related. Church management has led the church towards its grave. It has turned the blind eye to receding school responsibility for teaching the basics of Christianity. It has not established a faith school directed by the church itself and aimed at its young members. Instead church management has reformed its basic books and diversified its services, i. e. reforms which are meaningful only to a shrinking minority of the population, the faithful members.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tampere, FI: Church Research Institute, 2012
Series
Publication Church Research Institute, ISSN 0355-144X ; 61
Keywords
church, management
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-56388 (URN)978-951-693-315-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-06-16 Created: 2012-06-16 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Straarup, J. (2012). Religious communities — imagined, virtual, physical. In: : . Paper presented at Global Communities – Transnational and Transdisciplinary Exchanges, Växjö 2012-10-29—30.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religious communities — imagined, virtual, physical
2012 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Religious communities tie together people and groups of people based on shared ideas, beliefs, traditions and/or values. The scope of such communities varies from local congregations to so called world religions. Parts of such communities are physical, with rules and regulations (tax arrangements, calendar, etc) and with notable consequences for the individual deviating from the group’s norm of ideas or conduct, such as penalties, ostracism, or worse. Other parts of religious communities are imagined, whether it is with never seen individuals sharing one’s particular religion on the other hemisphere, or transcending time borders with all one’s fellow believers/practitioners past and future. These aspects of physical and imagined communities have been analyzed at length in disciplines such as theology, history, sociology, ethnology, and anthropology.

During the last few decades a new intermediate form of religious community has come into existence, virtual worship, i. e. individuals connecting virtually on the Internet, shaping their religious community in accordance with the technical possibilities presented, and representing themselves in a three-dimensional virtual world as avatars. The format of the Internet allows for transgression of geographical distances, but not of time (except in the sense that the simultaneous Internet users have different time), thus allowing for a global religious community.

The paper analyzes four aspects of this new kind of global community from a sociology of religion perspective, (1) the impact of the technical format on the life of virtual religious communities, (2) the use by physical religious communities of virtual complementary additions to their physical activity, (3) effects on individuals’ physical religious activities by virtual participation, and (4) effects on organizations’ development by virtual worship.

Keywords
avatar, virtual
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67726 (URN)
Conference
Global Communities – Transnational and Transdisciplinary Exchanges, Växjö 2012-10-29—30
Projects
Pinocchio goes to church
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2009-2199
Available from: 2013-03-28 Created: 2013-03-28 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Straarup, J. (2012). When Pinocchio goes to church: exploring an avatar religion. In: Pauline Hope Cheong, Peter Fischer-Nielsen, Stefan Gelfgren, Charles Ess (Ed.), Digital religion, social media and culture: perspectives, practices and futures (pp. 97-111). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing Group
Open this publication in new window or tab >>When Pinocchio goes to church: exploring an avatar religion
2012 (English)In: Digital religion, social media and culture: perspectives, practices and futures / [ed] Pauline Hope Cheong, Peter Fischer-Nielsen, Stefan Gelfgren, Charles Ess, New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012, p. 97-111Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012
Series
Digital formations, ISSN 1526-3169 ; 78
Keywords
avatar, virtuell religion, second life
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51095 (URN)978-1-4331-1474-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-01-10 Created: 2012-01-10 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Straarup, J. (2011). ’Don’t deal with symptoms, cure the disease’, the doctor said: How, during the 20th century, the Church of Sweden has worked with internal quality assurance instead of renewal of its membership. Paper presented at Church Work and Management in Change: The 3rd Conference on Church Leadership and Organizational Change, 15–17 September, 2011, Järvenpää, Finland.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>’Don’t deal with symptoms, cure the disease’, the doctor said: How, during the 20th century, the Church of Sweden has worked with internal quality assurance instead of renewal of its membership
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Keywords
church of Sweden, statistics, secularization
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51097 (URN)
Conference
Church Work and Management in Change: The 3rd Conference on Church Leadership and Organizational Change, 15–17 September, 2011, Järvenpää, Finland
Available from: 2012-01-10 Created: 2012-01-10 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Straarup, J. (2011). Walls of separation under construction: the Nordic examples. Paper presented at Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, U.S.A., October 28—30, 2011.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Walls of separation under construction: the Nordic examples
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Keywords
state church, disestablishment
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51098 (URN)
Conference
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, U.S.A., October 28—30, 2011
Available from: 2012-01-10 Created: 2012-01-10 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Straarup, J. (2010). Church and state of Norway triangulated: review and discussion of Stifoss-Hanssen, Hans, and Inger Furseth (eds.) 2008. Mellom prinsipper og pragmatisme: analyser av høringen om staten og Den norske kirke [Between principles and pragmatism : analyses of the hearing about the state and the Church of Norway]. Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, 23(2), 196-204
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Church and state of Norway triangulated: review and discussion of Stifoss-Hanssen, Hans, and Inger Furseth (eds.) 2008. Mellom prinsipper og pragmatisme: analyser av høringen om staten og Den norske kirke [Between principles and pragmatism : analyses of the hearing about the state and the Church of Norway]
2010 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 196-204Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: KIFO, 2010
Keywords
Church of Norway, organization, democracy
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35778 (URN)
Available from: 2010-09-15 Created: 2010-09-02 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Straarup, J. & Ekberg, M. (2010). Ett mönster i tiden?: en undersökning i Hortlax församling våren 2010. Hortlax: Hortlax församling
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett mönster i tiden?: en undersökning i Hortlax församling våren 2010
2010 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hortlax: Hortlax församling, 2010. p. 120
Keywords
Religiositet, religiöst språk, väckelsekristendom, församlingsaktivitet
National Category
Religious Studies Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35773 (URN)
Available from: 2010-09-15 Created: 2010-09-02 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Straarup, J. (2010). Extent and limit of virtuality in religious organizations. In: Multi-religious societies – polarization, co-existence, indifference: The 20th Nordic conference in sociology of religion, University of Agder, 2010. Paper presented at The 20th Nordic conference in sociology of religion, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, in August 4-6, 2010 (pp. 1-10).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Extent and limit of virtuality in religious organizations
2010 (English)In: Multi-religious societies – polarization, co-existence, indifference: The 20th Nordic conference in sociology of religion, University of Agder, 2010, 2010, p. 1-10Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In a number of religious traditions God is virtual. She/he is not expected to be present in one and the same place, but everywhere when individuals gather in her/his name. How far does this traditional and organizational acceptance of virtuality extend?

One of the examples of limits being set up is the Vatican’s decision not to accept virtual performances of Holy Communion. Thereby physical presence of an ordained clergyman as well as the receivers of the elements becomes a prerequisite for the fulfillment of the Roman Catholics Church’s theological promise, that Christ himself will be present in the bread and the wine. This contrasts with other confessions and denominations, which – due to their type of theological teachings about the Eucharist – more or less accept participation in communion without physical presence. The stance of the Vatican also contrasts with religious groups whose existence and activity is totally based on Internet gatherings.

In the paper I will trace outlines of acceptance of virtuality in churches, denominations and religious groups, from a point of departure of early the sociology of religion theoretical positions of Otto, Mensching, Durkheim and Weber.

National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35777 (URN)
Conference
The 20th Nordic conference in sociology of religion, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, in August 4-6, 2010
Projects
Pinocchio goes to church
Note
Programtitel: Virtual religion and individual religiosity B2-004, Wednesday, Aug 4: Second Parallel session 15.30 – 17.30 Available from: 2010-09-02 Created: 2010-09-02 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Straarup, J. (2010). Meaning and belonging in virtual religion:  . In: Paper read at Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Annual Meeting, Baltimore, U.S.A. October 29—31, 2010. Paper presented at Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Annual Meeting, Baltimore, U.S.A. October 29—31, 2010 (pp. 1-8).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Meaning and belonging in virtual religion:  
2010 (English)In: Paper read at Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Annual Meeting, Baltimore, U.S.A. October 29—31, 2010, 2010, p. 1-8Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Keywords
virtuality, plausibility structure
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
sociology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37812 (URN)
Conference
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Annual Meeting, Baltimore, U.S.A. October 29—31, 2010
Projects
Pinocchio goes to church
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2199
Available from: 2010-11-15 Created: 2010-11-15 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
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