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Crying in the Flesh: Disciplining Children in Knutby Filadelfia
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies. Gothenburg University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0132-2074
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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Knutby Filadelfia is a small Christian charismatic congregation residing outside Uppsala, Sweden. The group became known worldwide in January 2004 when a pastor allegedly persuaded a young female member to shoot two other members, one of whom died. The perpetrator of the crime was under the impression that she acted according to God’s will. Right from the onset of the group’s entrance into the eye of the media, rumours of abusive child rearing and harsh discipline of children has surrounded the group, especially when recorded sermons from the group’s church service where pastors encouraging corporal punishment of children started circulating on the internet. To contextualize this specific case, democratic child-rearing norms in Sweden are briefly accounted for. Since corporal punishment is illegal in Sweden, the groups’ alleged practice of authoritative child rearing methods were soon publicly questioned, and voices were raised from the public and from representatives from the medical community for investigations. Ex-members testified to parental abuse dictated by the group’s charismatic leadership and some families came under investigation. This paper addresses the issue of parental disciplining within the group from the perspective of the leadership of the group, the media, and the perspective of the supposed victims: the children themselves. It also discusses methodological difficulties connected to researching children in new religious communes. 

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Health and Welfare, Barn i minoritetssamfund: religiösa uppväxter
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-22467OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-22467DiVA: diva2:943513
The 2016 Cesnur Conference "Religious Movements in a Globalized World: Korea, Asia, and Beyond", 5-10 July 2016
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-06-28 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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