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DN Opinion. Christianity is important for the economy

Martin Nilsson published on april 25, a letter to the editor on the DN Review, by reason of the KD-leader Ebba Bush Thors op-ed in Expressen on 20 april about christianity's importance. He claims, among other things, that christianity and the right wing has been opposed to everything good that human rights and freedoms, and that the absence of religion has been one of the main competitive advantages Sweden has had in a hundraårsperspektiv.

Nilsson's article is certainly worth reading but it is based on several weak initial.

Nilsson draws the equal sign between the right and christianity. All christians don't vote for the Christian democrats or any other party. For example, there is a covenant of faith and solidarity within the social democracy. Thus, it is wrong to assume that christianity and right-wing politics are one and the same.

Christianity is not, as Nilsson seems to believe, a fixed and finished monolith with pointers that can only be interpreted in one way. Christianity is, rather, a dynamic idéarv who have interacted with the development of society throughout history. A sign of this is that, for example, we do not regard the woman as man's possession, despite the fact that it says that she is there in the Bible. The christian heritage is a singularly fruitful mixture of persistent and fugitive, of the changing and that which survives the ages. Otherwise, would christianity not been left in the day.

Nilsson believes that the absence of religion in Sweden has had two beneficial consequences. The first is that we began to ”see men and women as equal”, the second is that we got an economic competitive advantage.

about the Bible and its achieved idéarv actually contains what Nilsson thinks is the modern Swedish values. In Galatians 3:27-29 says: ”Are you baptized into Christ, you have also clothed you with Christ. Now is no longer jew or Greek, slave or free, man or woman. All of you are one in Christ”. Equality between men and women – who is also the equal value of all people – is that idea in the Bible.

Regardless of whether you want it or not so has the Bible been a part of our heritage and our history in a thousand years. No matter if you are a christian or not living in a country that can still be said to stand on a christian foundation.

those who wish can also turn to the social sciences. The sociologist Max Weber, published in 1905, his now classic book ”The protestant ethic and the capitalist spirit”, in which he showed that christian values played a particularly important role for the market economy's emergence.

it was important for the market economy's emergence, it is illustrative to countries in eastern Europe that brought an atheistic policies had a gloomier economic development and went in after 1989. Now remains only north Korea and Cuba, the former " the block (where human freedom and rights are set on the exception).

Nilsson is thus on the wrong track even when he designates the absence of religion, an obvious economic advantage.

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