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 was once unprepared to find that such a lot of researchers in Nordic international locations have been generating cutting edge scholarship on new religions and at the new age lifestyle. in reality, over the last dozen years or so, an more and more disproportionate percent of recent religions students have arisen in Nordic nations and train at universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic nations. Nordic New Religions, co-edited with Inga B. Tøllefsen, surveys this wealthy box of analysis during this sector of the realm, concentrating on the scholarship being produced via students during this sector of northern Europe.
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7 That was around 1997. 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.
8 8 The idea of analyzing new religions through the same scientific models used in analyzing all other religions is not confined to historians of religion in Denmark. On the The Study of New Religions in Denmark 31 It should also be noted that Olav Hammer’s excellent efforts as an editor has enabled and promoted researchers of religion worldwide. This should, in my opinion, be considered a relevant spin off from Danish research and communication efforts. What, apart from the abovementioned, comes to mind is the following: At the University of Aarhus, René Dybdahl Petersen, now in another line of work, for a few years represented a predominantly descriptive and records-based work, while Lars Ahlin, a sociologist of religion, studies New Age ideas in contemporary Western society.