I am putting here on the blog a slightly revised version of a talk I gave on Long Island in 2011 on the Catholic Church in Sweden seen from the perspective of my own family. When I look at the text I see that the conclusion needs some more work, but I do not have that at present, so I leave it in it its present condition. Perhaps I will come back to it and develop it later, when life calms down (a pious wish perhaps).
Here is an article that I published 2012 in an Indian journal. A Swedish version was published 2014 in:
SEGL: katolsk årsskrift for religion og samfunn, eds. Ståle Johannes Kristiansen & Peder K. Solberg: 301–310.
An issue hotly debated within religious studies due to its importance for the discipline’s identity and status, is the choice between, on the one hand, a study of religion as a purely natural phenomenon and, on the other hand, a perspective that not a priori rejects the truth claims of religious traditions concerning supernatural realities. In the following, I will discuss these two approaches and sketch a position of my own.