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Folkkyrkans kropp: Einar Billings ecklesiologi i postsekulär belysning
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2012 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The Body of the Folk Church : Einar Billing's ecclesiology from a postsecular perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation offers an analysis of the influential perception of folk-church ecclesiology that is associated with the theologian and Bishop Einar Billing (1871-1939). The term folk church has had a massive impact on the ecclesiological discussion within the Church of Sweden over the last 100 years. It has become one of the most significant concepts in many of the theological self-descriptions in the Church of Sweden. But how does the central position that the term folk church has gained in the theological language of the church, affect the various ways in which the church actually is embodied?

The theoretical framework for the analysis is gained from contemporary postsecular theology, with the aim to illuminate some of the consequences of the folk-church ecclesiology, regarding the social embodiment of the church. The folk church as a social body is therefore studied in relationship to other social bodies, such as the modern nation state. The postsecular perspective is mainly inspired by the contemporary theologians William Cavanaugh and Graham Ward.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2012. , 384 p.
, Forskning för kyrkan, Svenska kyrkan, ISSN 1652-8581 ; 19
Keyword [en]
Folk Church, Einar Billing, Young Church movement, Church of Sweden, Graham Ward, William Cavanaugh, postsecularity, social body
National Category
Humanities Religious Studies
Research subject
Systematic Theology and Studies in Worldviews
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-180150ISBN: 978-91-7580-605-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-180150DiVA: diva2:548404
Public defence
2012-09-28, Ihre-salen, Thunbergs v 3, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2012-08-30 Created: 2012-08-30 Last updated: 2012-08-30

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