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Violence and New Religious Movements$
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James R. Lewis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.001.0001

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Murder in Knutby

Murder in Knutby

Charisma, Eroticism, and Violence in a Swedish Pentecostal Community

(p.217) 10 Murder in Knutby
Violence and New Religious Movements

Jonathan Peste

Oxford University Press

With the exception of the Order of the Solar Temple, analysts do not usually consider other examples of NRM violence in Europe. This chapter recounts the narrative of a series of murders that took place in the Knutby Filadelfia community. He concludes that the violence should perhaps be understood as a combination of lack of external control, social interaction among a tight community of charismatic ministers, a theology of eroticism and death, and the egoism and psychopathology of the murderers.

Keywords:   charisma, murder, bride of Christ, Pentecostal church, Word of Life, Knutby, Waldau, Åsa, Fossmo, Helge

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