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”Det tredje testamentet”: Om nyandligt engagemang utifrån ett fokus på anhängaren av Martinus världsbild
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to seek increased sociological understanding of modern spirituality through an investigation of the spiritual teachings of the danish mystic Martinus and its followers. Seven interviews with followers of Martinus were conducted and analysed using qualitative content analysis. The analyze shows that the teachings of Martinus has resulted in a new life which can be understood in terms of its benefits and pleasures; the benefits being a sense of meaning, security and belonging and the pleasures being a sense of excitement, beauty and joy. Based on these results the study indicates that an aesthetic perspective can complement the more common instrumental perspective on spirituality to offer a more authentic and comprehensive understanding of why modern people becomes spiritual. The study ends with a final discussion on whether modern spirituality even can be sociologically understood and what this understanding would entail. Here I argue that genuine agnosticism is incompatible with the naturalistic premise of sociology and that the sociologist only can understand modern spirituality based on this premise, thus undermining the same spirituality that he or she wishes to understand.

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2016. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Martinus, spirituality, sociology of religion, qualitative content analysis
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133073OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133073DiVA: diva2:1085909
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Available from: 2017-03-30 Created: 2017-03-30

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