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

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

13. Raising and Schooling Children in the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church: The Swedish Perspective

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

Liselotte Frisk† [+-]
Dalarna University, Sweden
Liselotte Frisk, who died in 2021, was a professor in Religious Studies at Dalarna University, Sweden.
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 discusses the upbringing and schooling of children in the Exclusive Brethren in Sweden, based on field work, interviews and archival material. An important religious principle for the Brethren is the principle of “separation” from the world. The paper will discuss the consequences of this principle from the perspectives of members of the church as well as from the perspective of contemporary society. It further discusses how the children are socialized into a religious perspective and form their identity as Brethren, and what the principle pf separation means in terms of schooling. In Sweden, there is one free school, the Labora School, where the about 50 pupils are members of the Brethren. Since the school opened in August 2007, after being turned down twice by the Swedish school authorities, it has been widely criticized in media. The second part of this chapter outlines the history of the Labora School in Sweden, and places its existence in the wider debate about confessional and non-confessional free schools in one of the most secularized countries in the world.

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Frisk, Liselotte; Nilsson, Sanja. 13. Raising and Schooling Children in the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church: The Swedish Perspective. Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 333-361 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781794203. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32380. Date accessed: 24 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32380. Feb 2018

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