1 Section for the Study of Religion, Faculty of Theology, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Culture and Society - Department of the Study of Religion, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Culture and Society - Department of the Study of Religion, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University
Civil Religion in Conflict?civil religion i konflikt?
The article examines references to a specific religious heritage (Lutheran Christianity) within the debate sections of two national Danish newspapers. The aim of the analysis is to provide empirical data as a background for a discussion of conflicts concerning the connection between religious heritage and contemporary society. The themes of the public debate surveyed are identifi ed as related to changes in the religious and cultural landscape in Denmark, such as the presence of Muslim immigrants. Three main discourse packages are identifi ed in relation to the connection between religious heritage and contemporary culture: (1) strong connection; (2) no connection/disconnection; (3) negotiated connection. The conclusions of this analysis provide the foundation for a discussion of civil religion in zones of conflict over religious and cultural identity in a contemporary northern European context.
Journal of Religion in Europe, 2011, Vol 4, p. 300-327