Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Recognition of Minority Denominations in Denmark: Negotiations in Religion, Identity and Judicial Process

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Numen

The Constitution of Denmark of 1849 establishes the Evangelical Lutheran Church as the Church of Denmark, which “shall as such be supported by the State.” A handful of other denominations enjoyed recognition by royal decree until this practice was ended in 1970 with the new Marriage Act which allowed church weddings with civil validity to take place not only in the Church of Denmark but also in recognized denominations and other religious communities that obtain authorization from the Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs. In 1998 an expert committee was established to advise the Minister on applications for denominational recognition. The committee consisted of myself, a historian of religions and chairman, sociologist of religion Ole Riis, later replaced by Margit Warburg, Church historian Jørgen Stenbæk, later replaced by Per Ingesman and professor of law Eva Smith, later replaced by Jens Elo Rytter. In the fall of 2007, a cabinet reorganization in the Liberal-Conservative Government led to a reorganization of the legal body responsible for the recognition of minority denominations. Thus the judicial process, including the expert committee, was transferred to the Department of Justice under the Section of Family Affairs. Since 2014, jurisdiction is under the Ministry of Child, Equality, Integration and Social Affairs, Permanent Under-Secretarial Department, Office of Family Affairs. This paper will describe the judicial and pragmatic aspects of our deliberations. Furthermore, a few key cases will be described which demonstrate how the recognition process sometimes influences the negotiation of religious identity among applicant denominations.

Affiliations: 1: Aarhus UniversityDepartment of Culture and SocietySection for the Study of ReligionJens Chr. Skous Vej 38000 Aarhus C,Denmarkawg@cas.au.dk

Loading

Full text loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/15685276-12341369
Loading

Data & Media loading...

1. Barker Eileen "“But Is It a Genuine Religion? Boundary Drawing an Essential but Risky Task.”" REPORT from the CAPITAL 1991 April 10 14
2. Bilde Per "“Begrebet religion: Et indlæg i debatten om religionsvidenskabens objekt drøftet i lyset af beslægtede begreber”" Chaos. Dansk-norsk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier 1991 Vol 15 3 24 (The Concept of Religion: A Contribution to the Debate on the Object of the Study of Religion and Similar Concepts)
3. Bilde Per "“Er ‘Religion’ et autonomt forskningsfelt? Et svar til Armin W. Geertz”" Chaos. Dansk-norsk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier 1997 Vol 27 119 127 (Is ‘Religion’ an Autonomous Research Field? A Reply to Armin W. Geertz)
4. Geertz Armin W. "“Begrebet religion endnu engang: Et deduktivt forsøg”" Chaos. Dansk-norsk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier 1996 Vol 15 109 128 (The Concept of Religion Once Again: A Deductive Attempt)
5. Geertz Armin W. "“Illumination, korrespondens og religion: Et svar til Per Bilde”" Chaos. Dansk-norsk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier 1997a. Vol 28 145 155 (Illumination, Correspondence and Religion: A Reply to Per Bilde)
6. Geertz Armin W. "“Theory, Definition, and Typology: Reflections on Generalities and Unrepresentative Realism.”" Temenos. Studies in Comparative Religion Presented by Scholars in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden 1997b Vol 33 29 47
7. Geertz Armin W. "“Definition as Analytical Strategy in the Study of Religion.”" Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques 1999a Vol 25 3 445 475
8. Geertz Armin W. "”Religion eller trossamfund? Ordforklaring som strategi”" ikon 1999b September Vol 28 9 11 (Religion or Denomination? Definition as Strategy)
9. Geertz Armin W. Jensen Tim , Rothstein Mikael "“Analytical Theorizing in the Secular Study of Religion.”" Secular Theories on Religion. Current Perpectives 2000 Copenhagen Museum Tusculanum Press 21 31
10. Geertz Armin W. "“Hvad er religion?”" Kritisk forum for praktisk teologi 2003 April Vol 91 2 10 (What Is Religion?)
11. Geertz Armin W. Kleine Christoph , Schrimpf Monika , Triplett Katja "“Definition, Categorization and Indecision: Or, How to Get on with the Study of Religion.”" Unterwegs: Neue Pfade in der Religionswissenschaft. Festschrift für Michael Pye zum 65. Geburtstag 2004 Munich Biblion Verlag 109 118
12. Geertz Armin W. Haviv Joel , Lisdorf Anders , Poulsen Peter Weiss "“Fra neurale netværk til sakrale kongedømmer: religionsvidenskabens komparative project”" Religionsvidenskabens komparative udfordring 2005 Copenhagen Museum Tusculanum Forlag 55 78 (Challenges of Comparison in the Study of Religion) (From Neural Networks to Sacred Kingship: The Comparative Project of the Study of Religion)
13. Geertz Armin W. "“Recognition of Minority Denominations in the Kingdom of Denmark.”" Res Cogitans 2007 Vol 2 4 27 48
14. Geertz Armin W. , Rothstein Mikael Lucas Phillip Charles , Robbins Thomas "“Religious Minorities and New Religious Movements in Denmark.”" Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 2001 Vol 4 2 New York & London Routledge 298 309 New Religious Movements in the Twenty-First Century: Legal, Political, and Social Challenges in Global Perspective 35-47
15. Hammersholt Torben , de Muckadell Caroline Schaffalitzky At kortlægge religion: Grundlagsdiskussioner i religionsforskningen 2011 Højbjerg Forlaget Univers (To Map Religion: Foundational Debates in the Study of Religion)
16. Jensen Tim "“Er det mono-religiøse Danmark blevet multi-religiøst?”" Chaos. Dansk-norsk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier 2004 Vol 41 115 134 (Is Mono-Religious Denmark Becoming Multi-Religious?)
17. Jensen Tim "“Religious Pluralism in Denmark.”" Res Cogitans 2007 Vol 2 4 1 26
18. Jensen Tim Grešková Lucia "“Recognition of Religions in Denmark: Legal and Administrative Frameworks.”" State-Church Relations in Europe: Contemporary Issues and Trends at the Beginning of the 21st Century 2008 Bratislava Institute for State-Church Relations 204 215
19. Jensen Tim Bouchet Dominique "“Organiseret religion og religionspolitik i dk— Forandringer, fornyelse og mangel på samme”" Forandringer af betydning for det danske samfunds fremtid 2009 Ørbæk Afveje 265 281 (Organized Religion and Policies on Religion in Denmark: Changes, Renewals and Their Absence) (Changes of Importance to the Future of Danish Society)
20. Kühle Lene Maria van der Aa Out of Many, One: A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Religious Pluralism in Denmark from a Perspective of Power 2004 Aarhus Aarhus University Ph.D. dissertation
21. Kühle Lene Maria van der Aa "“Introduction: Legal Regulation of Religion in the Nordic Countries.”" Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 2011a Vol 24 2 111 118
22. Kühle Lene Maria van der Aa "“Concluding Remarks on Religion and State in the Nordic Countries.”" Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 2011b Vol 24 2 205 213
23. Kühle Lene Maria van der Aa "“In the Faith of Our Fathers? Religious Minority Socialization in Pluralistic Societies.”" Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 2012a Vol 25 2 113 130
24. Kühle Lene Maria van der Aa "“Bourdieu, Religion, and Pluralistic Societies.”" Bulletin for the Study of Religion 2012b Vol 41 1 8 14 http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v41i1.003
25. Leuba James H. Psychological Study of Religion: Its Origin, Function, and Future 1912 New York Macmillan
26. Nielsen Marie Vejrup , van der Aa Kühle Lene Maria "“Religion and State in Denmark: Exception among Exceptions?”" Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 2011 Vol 24 2 173 188
27. Schaffalitzky de Muckadell Caroline Defining Religion: A Philosophical Case Study 2009 Odense University of Southern Denmark PhD dissertation
28. Smith Jonathan Z. Map Is Not Territory: Studies in the History of Religions 1978 Leiden E.J. Brill
29. Smith Jonathan Z. Taylor Mark C. "“Religion, Religions, Religious.”" Critical Terms for Religious Studies 1998 Chicago University of Chicago Press 269 284
30. Sørensen Preben Meulengracht Saga og samfund: En indføring i oldislandsk litteratur 1978 Copenhagen Berlingske Forlag (Saga and Society: An Introduction to Old Icelandic Literature)
31. Warburg Margit "“Lige ret for Loke så vel som for Thor? Religionsbegreber og retspraksis i forbindelse med religioner uden for Folkekirken”" Chaos. Dansk-norsk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier 1996 Vol 26 9 32 (Same Rights for Loke as for Thor? Concepts of Religion and Legal Practice in Connection with Religions outside of the Danish Lutheran Church)
32. Warburg Margit Barker Eileen , Warburg Margit "“Restrictions and Privileges: The Legal and Administrative Practice towards Minority Religions in the usaand Denmark.”" New Religions and New Religiosity 1998 Aarhus Aarhus University Press 262 275
http://brill.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1163/15685276-12341369
Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/15685276-12341369
2015-03-16
2017-11-22

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Numen — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation