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Spiritual shunning: Its significance for the murder in Knutby Filadelfia
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies. (MIA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2765-439X
2018 (English)In: Journal of Religion and Violence, E-ISSN 2159-6808, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 328-345Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that the practice of “spiritual shunning,” defined as deliberate isolation of one person from a religious group for alleged spiritual reasons, may have been a significant factor in a murder case which happened in Sweden in 2004 in a small religious group with a Pentecostal background. The material consists of interviews with four former members, who describe the process of spiritual shunning as it existed in the group before it started to fall apart in the autumn of 2016. The four interviewees describe the process of spiritual shunning in roughly five stages: how they began to fall out of grace; when the door to Jesus definitely closed; the process of working their way back; being back in grace; and finally having the mission to help others move back to grace again. The informants describe very clearly the desperation they felt when they faced the possibility that they would not belong to the chosen ones when Jesus would soon come back, but would instead be burning in hell. Many sources document that the perpetrator of the crime in 2004 was spiritually shunned by the core group at the time of the murder. The murder was presented to her by the pastor who was later convicted for instigating the crime, as a way to pay off her spiritual debts.

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2018. Vol. 6, no 3, p. 328-345
Keywords [en]
Knutby Filadelfia, spiritual shunning
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-29181DOI: 10.5840/jrv20191961OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-29181DiVA, id: diva2:1273889
Available from: 2018-12-23 Created: 2018-12-23 Last updated: 2019-03-06Bibliographically approved

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