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Jonbäck, F. & Palmqvist, C.-J. (2023). Between belief and disbelief, between religion and secularity: introducing non-doxasticism and semi-secularity in worldview education. British Journal of Religious Education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Between belief and disbelief, between religion and secularity: introducing non-doxasticism and semi-secularity in worldview education
2023 (English)In: British Journal of Religious Education, ISSN 0141-6200, E-ISSN 1740-7931Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In order to include all outlooks and perspectives on the world prevalent in contemporary society, countries like Sweden have replaced traditional religious education with worldview education. However, current worldview theory fails to make justice to two important facts concerning the contemporary religious landscape. Firstly, a great many people are semi-secular rather than traditional believers or atheists. Secondly, many have non-doxastic attitudes such as hope or acceptance instead of belief. We therefore suggest that worldview education needs to include semi-secularity, and that it needs to clearly separate the content of a worldview from the variety of epistemic attitudes a person might have towards that content.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
non-doxasticism, Sweden; semi-secularity; Worldview education
National Category
Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-43291 (URN)10.1080/01416200.2023.2286184 (DOI)001126115000001 ()2-s2.0-85179995982 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-01050
Available from: 2023-11-17 Created: 2023-11-17 Last updated: 2024-01-04Bibliographically approved
Jonbäck, F. & Ekstrand, T. (2023). Existential Suffering and Hopeful Theodicy in Esaias Tegnér’s Spleen. Studia Theologica, 77(1), 62-76
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Existential Suffering and Hopeful Theodicy in Esaias Tegnér’s Spleen
2023 (English)In: Studia Theologica, ISSN 0039-338X, E-ISSN 1502-7791, Vol. 77, no 1, p. 62-76Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Poetry can contribute to theological and philosophical reflection. In this paper, we concentrate our attention on Esaias Tegnér’s poignant depiction of melancholy, or what we call ‘existential suffering’ in his poem Spleen. We argue the poem can be interpreted as showing that the distinction between theoretical and existential problems of suffering is less clear-cut than often presupposed and that theorizing about the meaning of suffering can have a role to play even when people are experiencing great existential suffering and despair. Based on the speaker’s existential struggles in Spleen we also formulate the novel concept of a ‘hopeful theodicy’, a concept we think can be of use more broadly in future research on problems of suffering and theodicy

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Philosophy of Religion; Systematic Theology and Studies in Worldviews
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42915 (URN)10.1080/0039338X.2022.2155243 (DOI)
Available from: 2022-09-29 Created: 2023-08-25 Last updated: 2023-08-25Bibliographically approved
Palmqvist, C.-J. & Jonbäck, F. (2023). On the rationality of semi-secular simultaneity: A non-doxastic interpretation of the seemingly inconsistent worldviews of some Swedish 'nones'. Religious studies, 59(4), 589-602
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the rationality of semi-secular simultaneity: A non-doxastic interpretation of the seemingly inconsistent worldviews of some Swedish 'nones'
2023 (English)In: Religious studies, ISSN 0034-4125, E-ISSN 1469-901X, Vol. 59, no 4, p. 589-602Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Proponents of religious non-doxasticism standardly aim to show how a commitment to traditional religion can be rational in the absence of religious belief. We demonstrate how the non-doxastic framework can be given a much wider application. In a study on Swedish semi-secularity, sociologist Ann af Burén has discovered a pattern where subjects simultaneously entertain naturalistic and supernatural explanations of extraordinary events. We reject Burén's interpretation of these people as irrational and compartmentalized and offer a contrasting non-doxastic reading in which the subjects involved are fully rational in their belief-less engagement with significant supernatural possibilities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2023
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42921 (URN)10.1017/S0034412522000385 (DOI)000830860000001 ()
Available from: 2023-08-25 Created: 2023-08-25 Last updated: 2023-11-22Bibliographically approved
Jonbäck, F. (2023). Sceptical Agnosticism. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, 13(1), 31-43
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sceptical Agnosticism
2023 (English)In: International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, ISSN 2210-5697, E-ISSN 2210-5700, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 31-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Agnostics as well as theists should answer evidential arguments from evil, at least when confronted with them. In this paper, I answer such an argument by appealing to sceptical agnosticism. A sceptical agnostic is not only undecided about the existence of a perfectly good and omnipotent God, but also believes that we cannot make any judgement about whether or not seemingly gratuitous evil probably is gratuitous. I argue that such agnosticism has several advantages compared with sceptical theism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill Academic Publishers, 2023
Keywords
sceptical agnosticism, sceptical theism, omni-God, the problem of evil, global scepticism
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42908 (URN)10.1163/22105700-bja10026 (DOI)000980728400002 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-01050
Available from: 2023-08-25 Created: 2023-08-25 Last updated: 2023-08-28Bibliographically approved
Jonbäck, F. (2022). Agnosticism och lidandets problem (1ed.). In: Francis Jonbäck, Lina Langby, Oliver Li (Ed.), Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem: . Dialogos Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Agnosticism och lidandets problem
2022 (Swedish)In: Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem / [ed] Francis Jonbäck, Lina Langby, Oliver Li, Dialogos Förlag , 2022, 1Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dialogos Förlag, 2022 Edition: 1
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42893 (URN)9789175043999 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 201801050
Available from: 2023-01-02 Created: 2023-08-25 Last updated: 2023-10-27Bibliographically approved
Jonbäck, F. & Ekstrand, T. (2022). Existentiella problem med lidande (1ed.). In: Francis Jonbäck, Lina Langby, Oliver Li (Ed.), Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem: . Dialogos Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Existentiella problem med lidande
2022 (Swedish)In: Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem / [ed] Francis Jonbäck, Lina Langby, Oliver Li, Dialogos Förlag , 2022, 1Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dialogos Förlag, 2022 Edition: 1
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42916 (URN)978-91-7504-399-9 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 201801050
Available from: 2023-01-02 Created: 2023-08-25Bibliographically approved
Jonbäck, F. (2022). Hopeism. Studia Theologica, 76(2), 172-192
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hopeism
2022 (English)In: Studia Theologica, ISSN 0039-338X, E-ISSN 1502-7791, Vol. 76, no 2, p. 172-192Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Philosophers of religion have traditionally focused their attention on belief in God and assessed such belief in terms of it having some epistemic status like“rationality” or “probability”, or indeed by determining whether or not it constitutes knowledge. In this paper, I focus my attention on the non-doxastic attitude of hope and formulate reasons for whether or not we should hope for God. In light of these reasons, I formulate hopeism as a research programme according to which we should develop concepts of God by starting with the question of what type of being would be worthy of our utmost hope. I compare this view with belief-based concepts of God, such as perfect being theism and what I call worship-worthiness theism. Arguably, the greatest benefit of choosing hopeism is that it is inclusive. Most atheists as well as agnostics and theists can endorse the view. I also suggest a number of directions in which hopeism can be developed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2022
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42898 (URN)10.1080/0039338X.2021.1954084 (DOI)000675547000001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2023-08-25 Created: 2023-08-25 Last updated: 2023-08-25Bibliographically approved
Jonbäck, F. & Bråkenhielm, C. R. (2022). Problemet med lidande och Guds fördoldhet (1ed.). In: Francis Jonbäck, Lina Langby, Oliver Li (Ed.), Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem: . Dialogos Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Problemet med lidande och Guds fördoldhet
2022 (Swedish)In: Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem / [ed] Francis Jonbäck, Lina Langby, Oliver Li, Dialogos Förlag , 2022, 1Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dialogos Förlag, 2022 Edition: 1
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42913 (URN)978-91-7504-399-9 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 201801050
Available from: 2023-01-02 Created: 2023-08-25Bibliographically approved
Jonbäck, F., Langby, L. & Li, O. (2022). Traditionella och vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem. In: Francis Jonbäck, Lina Langby, Oliver Li (Ed.), Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem: . Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Traditionella och vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem
2022 (Swedish)In: Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem / [ed] Francis Jonbäck, Lina Langby, Oliver Li, Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag , 2022Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag, 2022
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42917 (URN)9789175043999 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 201801050
Available from: 2023-01-02 Created: 2023-08-25 Last updated: 2023-10-27Bibliographically approved
Jonbäck, F., Langby, L. & Li, O. (Eds.). (2022). Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem. Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vidgade perspektiv på lidandets problem
2022 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Lidande och ondska utgör realiteter i vår värld som vi människor, oavsett gudstro och livsåskådning, på något sätt måste förhålla oss till.

Samtidigt är det ett anmärkningsvärt faktum att så mycket av den religionsfilosofiska litteraturen fokuserat på frågan om hur en allgod och allsmäktig Gud kan tillåta lidande.

I denna antologi angriper ett antal välinsatta forskare ämnet med syftet att vidga perspektiven. Hur ska man se på lidande utifrån ett feministiskt perspektiv? Utgör lidande ett problem för en ateist eller en agnostiker? Hur kan en person som tror på karma och återfödelse hantera problem med lidande och ondska? Detta är bara några av de frågor som diskuteras kring detta tidlösa ämne.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag, 2022. p. 382
National Category
Philosophy Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42918 (URN)9789175043999 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-01-04 Created: 2023-08-25Bibliographically approved
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