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Swede
02-10-2012, 05:12 AM
Sweden an atheistic hell hole?

I posted this link in the chatbox but then I decided to share it with you all so I can hear your views on this topic more properly. I get it that this bunch of christians are quite some piece of work but it still levaes me with som unanswered questions. Feel free to leave a comment and please excuse my typical swedish typing.

I am a Swedish citizen who lives and was raised here. Our tradition is 9 years in public school then supplement this with 3-4 years of high school. Of course we have universities here later on and its rather popular to apply for it and it is with some pride that we have retrieved a few Swedish names worldwide. The religion in Sweden is the Swedish church and we all are mandatory in it. We often make jokes about that we all only go to church three times in our lives. When we are born, when we got married and finally when we die.

However, there are studies and facts in this matter: Few people, however, identify themselves as atheists, only 6.7% or 17% of the population . The vast majority of individuals find themselves somewhere between literalist religiosity and atheism. This may mean that they are either agnostic or liberal Christians, who often tend to see the Bible as metaphorical rather than literal. In Sweden, says, however, 28% and 31% said they lack faith in God in two SIFO studies carried out on behalf of the Swedish Christian newspaper Dagen.

So.? How great do you think the influences are from communities like this on the more mundane believer population? And this must be a very strange view of us Swedes, Aye? Im asking cuz what do I know about it over here? Not much..

References:
* Ten reasnons why god hates Sweden: landoverbaptist.net (http://www.landoverbaptist.net)

* Atheism (wiki): Atheism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism)

* Swedish church: Church_of_Sweden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Sweden)

Seven
02-10-2012, 06:33 AM
The more pressure that society places on individuals to conform, the greater the apparent conformity. So it seems from your post that it is taken as implicit by Swedes that atheism is somehow socially unacceptable. The more that Swedes see how the rest of the world deals with religion, the more comfortable they will feel about deviating from it. Here in the UK most people are not religious but they put CoE (Church of England) when asked on forms or whatever. It is partly habit and partly because putting 'atheist' still feels a bit radical and they don't want to make a fuss.

Mixing in communities where that attitude is not prominent will no doubt have a big effect over time. It would not be acceptable to us to be told we have to be religious or be part of a church and no doubt Swedes will move that way too. I have to say it is a weird system to think you have the right to dictate a persons beliefs.

Welcome to the forums, nice to meet you.

Emma
02-10-2012, 06:43 AM
Swede as I pointed out in Chat - Landover Baptist is a spoof: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landover_Baptist_Church

Don;t take what it says as serious as it really is a site lampooning/paroding fundamentalist Christians.

See the parent website here:http://www.landoverbaptist.org/

It's also in the urban dictionary:http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Landover Baptist


Landover Baptist is an incredibly well done parody site that mocks ultra-right wing fundamentalist protestants.

And if you go their terms page on the parent site (http://www.landoverbaptist.org/tos.html) and copy over the spoiler text where directed you get this:


Note: Mouse Over Below for Spoiler Alert:

The Landover Baptist Church is a complete work of fiction. It is a satire/parody.
End Spoiler Alert

Swede
02-10-2012, 07:03 AM
Ohh fuck. Well I am relieved. Thanx.

Emma
02-10-2012, 07:07 AM
Believe me when I first saw the site I was seriously spewing. Couldn't believe it. I read it to my husband and asked him how the hell this could continue to be live, so I looked for things online about it and was very relieved to see it was a parady. Apparently the guy who started it was at Jerry Falwells Liberty Uni (huge fundamentalist Christian uni) and was kicked out for making a parady radio show they didn't like. The site has been around pretty much since then.