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Transnational Civil Religion: The Fourth Of July In Denmark

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This chapter speaks about the "Civil Religion in America" which is a tool to justify and augment citizens' solidarity with their state by referring to higher, unquestionable principles. It talks about civil religion among Nordic sociologists of religion and highlights that the Evangelical-Lutheran national churches not only present citizens with Lutheran Christianity on a broad confessional basis, but also that the churches in many respects fulfil a role of civil religion. The chapter refers to the propositions made by Robert N. Bellah and Steven Tipton in light of the Danish Fourth of July festival at Rebild. It portrays the idea of celebrating the Fourth of July on Danish soil which arose when a group of Danish-Americans met in Racine, Wisconsin in 1906 and decided to establish a Danish-American society with the purpose of maintaining and strengthening the cultural bonds between the emigrants and Danes in Denmark.

Keywords: American civil religion; Danish-Americans; Denmark; Fourth of July festival; Lutheran Christianity; Nordic sociologists; transnational civil religion



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