Laestadians in the Public Sphere: Reading the Biggest Christian Revival Movement in Finland

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In this chapter, we argue that the political and economic activities of the members of the Conservative Laestadianism are often intertwined with the religion and the religious notions of the movement. Many seemingly secular stances and procedures have theological basis, while others rely and utilize the social networks that originate in the church. However, the effects of the religion in the secular life of Laestadians are quite diverse, and one should not oversimplify them. The implications of a person’s religious background can be positive for the members of the movements and society as a whole, but the religious dimension can also have negative consequences in politics and business, especially in the context of strong social relationships, bonds, and reciprocal links. Religious literacy means, at least partly, that one recognizes the variable roles that religion has in different social contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Challenges of Religious Literacy
Subtitle of host publicationThe Case of Finland
EditorsTuula Sakaranaho, Timo Aarrevaara, Johanna Konttori
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-47576-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-47575-8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2020
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesSpringer Briefs in Religious Literacy


  • Laestadianism
  • Revival movement
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Networks

Field of science

  • Political science


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