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Liberal teologi – liberal samhällssyn?: En studie av svenska liberalteologers samhällssyn genom tre nedslag i tidskriften Kristendomen och vår tid 1908–1928
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Liberal theology – liberal view on society? : Swedish liberal theologians’ view on society examined in three issues of the journal Kristendomen och vår tid 1908–1928 (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the view on society in an early 20th century Swedish periodical journal of liberal theology, Kristendomen och vår tid (Christianity and our time).

During the late 19th century, a new school of liberal theology gained influence among various protestant theological faculties in Germany. In emphasising the ethical teachings of the historical Jesus of Nazareth as the basis for Christianity and a worldly kingdom of God, liberal theologians advocated social and political reform, becoming influential in German society at the turn of the century.

As this liberal theology was adapted in Sweden, a group of priests and theologians founded the journal KVT as a medium for spreading liberal theology to their peers, but also, this thesis suggests, to advocate a particular view on society and role for the church and the priesthood in a way similar to the development in Germany.

The analysis of the view on society in KVT suggests a shift over time regarding the expressed purpose and role of church in society, which can be understood within the context of contemporary development of political life in Sweden. In the early 1900s, an ideal of a church highly active in social welfare practices in society is apparent in the journal, whereas in the 1920s the role and main purpose of the church is understood rather as a sort of societal moral consciousness.

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2018. , p. 91
Keywords [en]
Kristendomen och vår tid; view on society; church and society; priests and society; Liberal theology; Culture-Protestantism; religious liberalism; Sweden
Keywords [sv]
Kristendomen och vår tid; samhällssyn, kyrka och samhälle; präster och samhälle; liberalteologi; kulturprotestantism; religiös liberalism; Sverige
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-180817OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-180817DiVA, id: diva2:1423808
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2018-01-11, D900, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm, 09:00 (Swedish)
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