14 February – The Role of Religion in a Globalized World

What role does religion play in an ever more intertwined world? Throughout history, religion has in major ways shaped the world stage through the relationship between political and spiritual authorities. Although the destructive potential of religious traditions cannot be neglected, many feel that as politics become increasingly polarised and the rhetoric becomes increasingly harsher, a strong moral authority is needed. Can religious leaders like the, by many, celebrated Pope Francis fill this void?

During the lecture Archbishop Antje Jackelén will argue that indulging in religious illiteracy would deprive the world of essential resources for the wellbeing of people, the success of global diplomacy and the thriving of societies. Furthermore that effective responses to global challenges such as migration, climate change and digitalisation must include an adequate understanding of religious world views and praxis, both in their individual and communal aspects. This applies for example to humanitarian aid and development, to the dynamics of civil society as well as to the building of meaning and trust.


Antje Jackelén is the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden and famous for her active participation in the public debate on issues such as same-sex marriage and climate change. She earned her doctorate at Lund University and has served as professor of theology at Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago. She was previously the Bishop of Lund.

Date: 14-02-2019
Time: 18:15-19:30
Place: Sal IX, Universitetshuset
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. A one-year membership can be purchased at the event for 100 SEK.

In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.

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