Religious studies background
Bergstrand (2004) has reworked his twenty-year-old book: "An Illusion and Its Evolution – About the View of Religion in Psychoanalytic Theory" and perceives that there are certain things he as a Christian no longer needs to argue for:
Religion is no longer a slow dying. It is a living reality that must be taken into account. You can't understand world politics if you don't understand religious contexts. In countries where all religion has previously been persecuted based on political doctrines, religion has been shown to belong to the survivors, when the old power was overthrown (Bergstrand, 2004, p. 10).
The author further writes that the immigration to Sweden of people from other cultures poses us with these questions in a clearer way and that the "apocalyptic battle" that was previously intended to stand between communism and capitalism is now perceived by many to be a showdown between Islam and Christianity.
Wikström (1998) believes that the Christian communities in the West now constitute a "cognitive minority" (p. 41). Kärfve (1998) writes, speaking of his colleagues' interest in things like postmodernism, that "while the social sciences have turned their attention to airier and 'finer' cultural levels, a significant part of the Swedish people have changed their religion" (p. 17).