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The Remaining Few: Christian Zionists making sense of a changed ecclesiastic landscape
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7509-9151
Malmö högskola .
2017 (English)In: Journal of Contemporary Religion, ISSN 1353-7903, E-ISSN 1469-9419Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Using a hermeneutical method, this study seeks to understand Christian Zionism as a meaningful practice in late modern Sweden. We visited four Christian Zionist conferences: we observed, analysed the sermons, and conducted interviews. The conferences are almost entirely attended by elderly people and the style is characterized by an old-time revivalist nostalgia. Results show that Israel is seen as key to understanding a general conflict that the informants experience in late modern Swedish society, and in relation to the majority church. Supporting Israel is intertwined with support for conservative values and theology, and Israel becomes a nodal point that puts the greater conflict in new perspective: identifying with Old Testament prophecies and God’s dealings with Israel gives hope and a sense of continuity to a revivalist movement that has become out-of-date. In Israel they connect with both the past and the future, personally and as a movement.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017.
Keyword [en]
Christian Zionism, Israel, revivalism, meaningful practice.
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Social Sciences
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Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57821OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-57821DiVA: diva2:1044706
Available from: 2016-11-05 Created: 2016-11-05 Last updated: 2017-07-26

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