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Sydsvenskan - Sweden | 07/03/2006

Religion at University

Like other European countries, Sweden is also discussing the question of whether imams should be educated at the country's universities, as is the case with Protestant priests. Theologian Magnus Zetterholm, who teaches at the University of Lund, points out that the education of any "religious functionary" presupposes that he believes in a transcendental god, and therefore has no place at academic institutions. "Universities should not be responsible for the formal education of priests, pastors, rabbis or imams... In Sweden, a multi-religion country, scientific research and education in religious studies must be independent of denominational interests. De-theologize universities and let them be a place for the critical analysis of religion in the past and in the present."

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