From state church to faith community: An analysis of worldly and spiritual power in the Church of Sweden

Thomas Girmalm, Marie Rosenius

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The aim of this article is to discuss the current legislation, and power structures in and between different levels of the Church of Sweden in terms of church–state relations and secularisation, with the help of theories from sociology of religion and ecclesiology drawn from José Casanova, Grace Davie and Avery Dulles. With themes from Lutheran theology, including the two regiments and the common priesthood of all believers, we analyse the current legislation and power structures from the perspective of the so-called ‘dual line of responsibility’. The underlying hypothesis is that the structures of the former state church are still deciding the power structures in the Church of Sweden. This creates obscurity concerning the role of the church in public society and negatively affects the ecclesiastical development of the church now that it has lost its earlier status as a state church.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)48–58
JournalInternational Journal for the Study of the Christian Church
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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