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Frimurarna och religionen: En religionssociologisk studie av Svenska Frimurare Ordens plats i det samtida religiösa landskapet
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to situate the locus of the Swedish branch of freemasonry, Svenska Frimurare Orden, in the contemporary religious landscape. The research questions are as follows: On what grounds can the Swedish branch of freemasonry be considered religious? If the Swedish branch of freemasonry is considered religious, how does it fit into the contemporary society among the plethora of new religious movements? In regard to the first question, a definition of religion is required, thus Bruce Lincoln’s theory with four domains of religion is used to decide to what extent the Swedish branch of freemasonry can be described as a religion or a religious movement. To be able to answer the second research question the four sociological narratives as presented by Meredith B. McGuire are used to analyze the results of our study.

 

The results are reached through examination of the common laws of the Swedish branch of freemasonry and the data found on their official website, combined with hermeneutic interpretation. Our conclusion is that the Swedish branch of freemasonry through its explicit connection to Christianity, in addition to its esoteric and occult practices both fits into a historical continuity regarding religion in Sweden, as well as with contemporary societal currents regarding new religious movements.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Freemasonry, Christianity, religion, definition of religion, sociology of religion, western esotericism
Keywords [sv]
Svenska Frimurare Orden, frimureri, kristendom, religion, religionsdefinition, religionssociologi, västerländsk esoterism
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Religious Studies History of Religions Sociology Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-39037DiVA, id: diva2:1294793
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Religion
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Subject Teacher Education for Secondary School
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Available from: 2019-04-16 Created: 2019-03-08 Last updated: 2019-04-16Bibliographically approved

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