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Swedish Religion Education in Public Schools - Objective and Neutral or a Marination into Lutheran Protestantism?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Teaching and Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9865-1869
2022 (English)In: Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, ISSN 2047-0770, E-ISSN 2047-0789, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 109-121Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article takes its point of departure in the recommendations by the Council of Europe, and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) that recommend that European states should offer education about religions for all school students, regardless of religious or non-religious background. Sweden is one of the countries that provides such education through a compulsory non-denominational religion education (RE) school subject. The compulsory nature of the school subject is possible as long as the teaching is both ‘objective and pluralistic’. In this article, the concept of objectivity but also neutrality is discussed, using the Swedish school subject as an example. The argument pursued is that RE in Sweden, although presented as objective and neutral, also can be understood as ‘marinated’ in Lutheran Protestantism. In the end, the protestant taste of the Swedish non-denominational and compulsory RE is used as a call for further awareness of how the religious history of a given country affects not only education but also the way people perceive the phenomena called religion. These are important perspectives not only for RE teachers who are demanded to teach in a neutral and objective manner, but perhaps also for lawyers?

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2022. Vol. 11, no 1, p. 109-121
Keywords [en]
neutrality religious education public schooling
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History of Religion; Teaching and Learning with Specialisation in the Humanities Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-213617DOI: 10.1093/ojlr/rwac018ISI: 000911553100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85167522828OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-213617DiVA, id: diva2:1725788
Available from: 2023-01-11 Created: 2023-01-11 Last updated: 2024-05-24Bibliographically approved

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