I am Christopher Aqurette, a Swedish writer and philosopher with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. I was born in May 1972 at Höllviken, a coastal village on the southernmost tip of the Scandinavian Peninsula. After many years in the South of England, Stockholm, and Amsterdam, I now live with my husband in Malmö, Sweden’s third-largest city and a major seaport situated on Øresund opposite Copenhagen.
I have written articles for several publications, and I was one in a small group of people who, in 1995, founded QX, Scandinavia’s leading gay publication. In April 2000, I bought my very own domain name and began to publish myself online. Five years later, in August 2005, I launched my diary and set about sharing personal thoughts and pictures along with notable stories from international news sources.
In addition to being a freelance writer, my working life has spanned managerial responsibilities and quality assurance for a technology company, judge service in the city court and the appellate court, councillorship in a city borough, entrepreneurship in the publishing trade, headship of a non-governmental organisation, and chairmanship of a professional association promoting good health in the gay and transgender community.
I became a mature student when I enrolled at the Department of Philosophy and the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. As a libertarian philosopher of religion committed to the whole gamut of civil liberties and human rights, I devoted much of my academic studies to analyses of how Sweden’s judicial and governmental authorities have dealt with ethical and legal challenges to religious freedom.
In my final thesis, I examined four court cases that have become legal precedents. I did so with the purpose of trying the hypothesis that for a custom to be protected by the laws of religious freedom it must carry value in a defined religion in accordance with American philosopher John Searle’s general theory of institutional facts, formalised as, the brute fact X counts as institutional fact Y in context C.
My pastimes are mostly linked to my interest in the arts. I take great pleasure in art exhibitions, I spend many hours a week on quality film and television, and I have a season ticket to the Royal Danish Theatre, where I regularly appreciate opera and ballet. I read for pleasure every day and have a particular fondness for intelligent aphorisms, in part because I subscribe to the minimalist idea that less is more.
My diary is registered with the Swedish Broadcasting Authority. Sources are therefore legally protected and their right to anonymity is absolute. To make contact, send me an email, a text message, a letter by post, or a direct message on Twitter and Facebook.
Portrait photography by Andreas Paulsson (2016).