Confirmation Candidates in the Church of Sweden

in Journal of Empirical Theology
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?



Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.



Help

Have Institutional Access?



Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?



Connect

This article is about confirmation preparation in the Church of Sweden from the viewpoint of the confirmation candidates. It focuses on whether or not the confirmation candidates’ expectations, experiences and beliefs support the goals of confirmation that the Church of Sweden has formulated in its general guidelines for confirmation. The results showed points of agreement (e.g. expectations to come to one’s own decision about God, having fun and experiencing community in the confirmation group) and points of departure (e.g. expectations of gifts at the end of the confirmation period). The results also showed that experiences met the confirmation candidates’ expectations (e.g. experiences of learning while having fun). In addition, the confirmation candidates’ beliefs were changed by confirmation preparation. The article ends with a discussion on how general guidelines may function as guiding principles for confirmation.

Confirmation Candidates in the Church of Sweden

in Journal of Empirical Theology

Sections

References

Church of Sweden Riktlinjer för Svenska kyrkans konfirmandarbete. [Guidelines for the Church of Sweden’s confirmation work] 2007 Uppsala Church of Sweden

GlockC. Y.StarkR. Religion and Society in Tension 1965 Chicago Rand McNally Press

HardingS.PhillipsD.FogartyM. Contrasting Values in Western Europe. Unity Diversity and Change. 1986 Hampshire, London The Macmillan Press Ltd.

IlgW.SchweitzerF. “Researching Confirmation Work in Europe: The need for Multi-Level Analysis for Identifying Individual and Group Influences in Non-Formal Education” Journal of Empirical Theology 2010 23 159 178

NorrisP.InglehartR. Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide 2004 Cambridge Cambridge University Press

SchweitzerF.IlgW.SimojokiH. Confirmation Work in Europe: Empirical Results Experiences and Challenges. 2010 Tübingen Gütersloher Verlagshaus

SchweitzerF.NiemeläK.SchlagT.SiminjokiH. Youth Religion and Confirmation Work in Europe: The Second International Study 2015 Tübingen Gütersloher Verlagshaus

WallinerB. Tradition och förnyelse i Svenska kyrkans konfirmandundervisning. Läroplansutveckling och pressdebatt 1942-1985. [Tradition and Renewal in Church of Sweden Confirmation Classes Curriculum Development and the Debate in the Press 1942-1985] 1990 Stockholm Verbum

WillanderE. SchweitzerF.NiemeläK.SchlagT.SiminjokiH. “Confirmation work in Sweden” Youth Religion and Confirmation Work in Europe: The Second International Study 2015 Tübingen Gütersloher Verlagshaus 245 253 2015

WillanderE. What Counts as Religion in Sociology? The problem of Religiosity in Sociological methodology 2014 Uppsala Uppsala University Dissertations

WandaA. Religion and Reason: Integrative Religious Education in Europe — A “Study-of-Religions” Approach 2012 Munich Walter de Gruyter

VoasD. “The Rise and Fall of Fuzzy Fidelity in Europe” European Sociological Review 2009 25 2 155 158

Figures

  • View in gallery
    Percent of confirmation candidates of all 15-year-olds living in Sweden. 1970-2014. source: church statistics, register data.

Information

Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 26 26 8
Full Text Views 79 79 58
PDF Downloads 6 6 4
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0