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Impressions of the Church of Sweden: liberal and catholic with nuances of Lutheranism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Church and Mission studies, Ecclesiology.
2017 (English)In: International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, ISSN 1474-225X, E-ISSN 1747-0234, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 133-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Church of Sweden is difficult to describe or to characterise, whether as a Folk Church, a national church, as catholic or liberal, or as, in some sense, Lutheran. This article refers to aspects of its complex relations with the Roman Catholic Church and with Lutheranism at large. The author detects, from ecumenical agreement and practice, an incipient new communion of churches, based on a common claim to be catholic and also to be open to developments in society. This group includes the Church of Sweden, the Church of England, the Episcopal Church in the USA, the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht and the Philippine Independent Church, all of which are in communion with each other. The author's presentation is set out in relation to the Church of Sweden's liturgical and sacramental life, its church-state relations, and in an account of the rather asymmetrical shape of ecumenism in Sweden, in all of which the question of gender plays a role.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2017. Vol. 17, no 3, p. 133-155
Keywords [en]
Catholicity, Church of Sweden, Church of England, Roman Catholic Church, Episcopal Church (TEC), Old Catholic Church, Philippine Independent Church, Folk Churches, ecumenical asymmetry, Pope John Paul II, liberalism, liturgy, Lutheranism, sacraments, St Birgitta of Sweden, sexuality and gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-347276DOI: 10.1080/1474225X.2017.1413069ISI: 000424503000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-347276DiVA, id: diva2:1193916
Available from: 2018-03-28 Created: 2018-03-28 Last updated: 2018-03-28Bibliographically approved

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