Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups - Liselotte Frisk

Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups - Liselotte Frisk

5. The Family International: A Narrative Approach

Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups - Liselotte Frisk

Liselotte Frisk [+-]
Dalarna University, Sweden
Liselotte Frisk has been a professor in Religious Studies at Dalarna University, Sweden, since 2006. She presented a doctoral dissertation on new religious movements in 1993 at Åbo Akademi, Finland, and after that worked as a lecturer at Umeå University in Sweden for a few years. In 1999 she moved to Dalarna University where she created a profile of studying new religious movements within Religious Studies. Research projects include two projects about New Age in the 1990s, and, later, a 3-year project about what happened to the new religious movements from the 1960s and 70s over the decades, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Another research project, undertaken together with Peter Åkerbäck, Stockholm University, dealt with a local mapping of the new spirituality in Dalarna (2008-2011), funded by Vetenskapsrådet. A current research project, also funded by Vetenskapsrådet, deals with children in minority religions (2012-2015). All research projects have resulted in books and articles in Swedish as well as in English. Liselotte Frisk has been co-editor of the International Journal for the Study of New Religions (2010-2013), and is currently co-editor of Aura, a Nordic journal publishing academic articles about new religious movements. She was the director of International Society for the Study of New Religions for four years (2010-2013), and is now the vice director of FINYAR, the Nordic society for the academic study of new religions. Other research interests include new religions in Japan.
Sanja Nilsson [+-]
Gothenburg University, Sweden
Sanja Nilsson is a doctoral student in Religious Studies at Dalarna University and Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her dissertation subject is children in controversial minority religions

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This chapter examines the background of the international charismatic Christian movement, The Family International, formerly known as The Children of God and The Love Family, which was one of the most notorious outcomes of the Jesus Revolution in the 1960s and ‘70s. The first part of the chapter briefly delineates the history of the movement, followed by a summary of the theology of David Moses, the group’s charismatic leader. The second part of the discussion concentrates on the movement’s history in Sweden. It includes material from seven interviews with first generation members and second generation members from different cohorts. The interviews, which portray the religious groups in conflicting ways, are discussed using narrative perspectives. The chapter concludes with a summary of the current situation of the movement internationally and in Sweden, and with reflections on the future of the movement.

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Frisk, Liselotte; Nilsson, Sanja. 5. The Family International: A Narrative Approach. Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 122-148 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781794203. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32371. Date accessed: 20 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32371. Feb 2018

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