The author presents an analysis of the political decision making process regarding the teaching of religion in Denmark from 1900 until 2007. The author uses Norbert Elias concept of the survival unit as the analytical framework of the study. Instead of a classic secularization narrative in which the secular and religious spheres of society are differentiated into separate realms as the process of modernization unfolds, a different narrative emerges in which the state has used the teaching of religion as an instrument to further its vital interests, especially with regards to its international relations.
Social Compass, 2013, Vol 60, Issue 2
Religious change; Secularization; State and religion; Teaching of religion; Faculty of Humanities