Organization profile

Organisation Profile

History can be described as the organised memory of the humankind. Different literal, oral, and material remains of the past - called sources - form the content of this memory.

Church history is part of both history and theology. History, including church history, is being studied in order to maintain a sense of continuity. Without the sense of tradition carrried on for generations one is not capable of understanding the literal sources of Christianity like the Bible, the Creeds or for example journalism within the church.

Church history is closely connected to other research of history and other fields of social science and arts. Society as a whole, affected by churches, religious groups and their opponents, forms the actual field of study for church history. Church History as discipline in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Helsinki consists of two subjects: General Church History and Finnish and Scandinavian Church History.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Enlightenment confessionalised

Laine, T., Sidevall, E., Ihalainen, P., Amundsen, A. B., Tammela, J., Ågren, H., Zachrisson, T., Jarlert, A., Engelhardt, J., Ahnert, T., Olesen, B. K., Ravnsted-Larsen Reeh , T., Laine, E. M., Werner, Y. M., Maurits, A., Lindmark, D. & Lundberg, J.


Project: Research project

Nordic Medieval Book History in the European Context

Heikkilä, T., Mortensen, L. B., Ommundsen, Å., Gejrot, C. & Már Gunnlaugsson, G.

Vetenskapsrådet, Sweden


Project: Research project

Catechism Primers in Europe

Laine, T., Sroka, W., Juska-Bacher, B., Appel, C., Lindmark, D., Harbig, A., Murray, J., Lotman, P., Chartier, A., Julia, D., Exalto, J., Skjelbred, D., Makuchowska, M., Scholl, S., Sahlfeld, W., Grenby, M. & Põldvee, A.


Project: Research project

RETOPEA: EU-projekti Religious tolerance and peace

Ketola, M., Welker, Á. & Salmesvuori, P.


Project: Research project


Akateemista kriisinhallintaa

Heikkilä, T., 15 Apr 2020, In : Turun Sanomat.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Analyysi: Näin Donald Trump hyötyy oikeudenkäynnistä

Ruotsila, M., 12 Feb 2020, In : : politiikan kuluttajalle.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access


Day, J., Jan 2020, Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online. Hunter, D. G., Geest, P. V. V. V. & Peerbolte, B. J. L. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia / dictionaryScientific

Antisemitismi eilen, tänään huomenna

Ketola, M., 27 Jan 2020, In : 2020

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Apostoliset isät: kokoelma varhaiskristillisiä kirjoituksia [latinankielisten osioiden suomennos]

Huttunen, N. (ed.), Salminen, J. (ed.), Tervahauta-Helin, U. K. (ed.), Asikainen, S. (Translator), Hakola, R. (Translator), Lehtipuu, O. (Translator), Toiviainen, S. (Translator), Enroth-Voitila, A-M. (Translator), Kujanpää, K. (Translator), Nikki, N. (Translator), Harjumäki, J. (Translator) & Kaltio, O. (Translator), 6 Feb 2020, 293 p. Helsinki : Suomalainen teologinen kirjallisuusseura.

Research output: Other contribution


Panel discussion: Tieto ja usko – miten esittää uskonnollista kulttuuriperintöä 2020-luvulla?

Tuomas Heikkilä (Speaker)
6 Mar 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Tuomas Heikkilä (Speaker)
13 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Latvialaiset Suomessa

Jouko Talonen (Speaker)
17 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Studies on the Religious History of the North (Journal)

Jouko Talonen (Reviewer)
9 Jan 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Press / Media

Loppiainen ja sen merkitys tänään.

Kaarlo Arffman


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Miten Suomen evankelisluterilainen kirkko toimii kriiseissä?

Ville Jalovaara


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Herätysliikkeet ovat ennenkin hietäneet kirkon kengässä

Jouko Talonen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media