Se människan!: en studie av Luleå stifts möte med den moderna kulturen under 1900-talets första hälft
2004 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
The present study deals with the encounter between the diocese of Luleå and the process of modernising. The main issue is individualism as a part of modern man’s identity. What kind of individualism was it, and how did it find expression in the diocese’s perspective on faith during the first half of the 20th century? A leading idea in the thesis is that the low church profile provided the diocese with a particular readiness to meet the demands of modern culture. The starting-point of the study is Philosopher Charles Taylor’s theory on the rise of modernity’s concept of freedom and perception of the self, which includes a justification of a positive side of modern individualism and a corresponding dismissal of a negative side. This attitude opens the door for the possibility of doing greater justice to the low church emphasis on the individual person. Taylor asks, from his moral-philosophical point of view, as well as the diocese of Luleå did, whether the Christian faith would have any future in modern culture. The low church view on faith becomes dynamic-extential as it dismisses a traditional metaphysical or theoretical explanation of God as a transcendent reality. Instead the subject is given vital importance. This apprehension reflects an influence from expressivism as a new form of consciousness, in protest against the science of the 17th that separated reason from both nature and feelings. This was inherent in the diocese via pietism. However, not an outspoken anthropology, the diocese nevertheless indicates that it considers man a linguistic and self-interpreting creature. This amounts to a more suitable view on the belief in modern culture, which no longer can rely on a commonly accepted belief in an inherent order of the world as an expression of God’s intentions and will.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag , 2004. , 360 p.
Religion, Diocese of Luleå, clergymen’s assembly of the diocese of Luleå, low church, the Church of Sweden, ecclesiology, history of the church, Theological and Ideological Studies, process of modernisation, modernity, secularisation, pietism, expressivism, Enlightenment, Romanticism
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-291ISBN: 91-7217-070-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-291DiVA: diva2:142967
2004-02-20, Hörsal E, Humanisthuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 14:15
Franzén, Ruth, professor
Straarup, Jørgen, professor