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Description of research and teaching

My main research interest has been in Lutheran reformation, which I have examined from three different perspectives.

At first, I examined in a three-volume work Yliopistot ja kirkon magisterium reformaation alkuvaiheessa 1–3 (Universities and the Magisterium of the Church on the early stage of the Reformation, a total of 912 pages) how universities which had taken stand against Luther’s arguments understood the determination of the doctrine of the church (magisterium) in 1517–1521.

 

After that I studied in several articles and two monographs Sanan jäljet (Imprints of the Word, 193 pages) and Reformaatio vai restituutio? (The Reformation or the Restitution?, 240 pages) how German and Swiss reformers understood the significance of the history of the church in the discussion about the right doctrine. The result was surprising and showed that the sola scriptura principle also required that the history of the church had to be taken account.

Thirdly, I studied in Auttamisen vallankumous (Revolution of the Relief 343 pages) how the Lutheran reformation affected a poor relief. This study also corrected traditional conceptions significantly. It will be published also in German. Furthermore, I have dealt with the subject in several articles of which the most significant is Hyvinvointivaltion synty ja kerjäämisen katoaminen Pohjoismaista (The Birth of the Welfare State and Disappearance of Mendicancy in Nordic countries, 33 pages)

 

I have gathered my central results concerning Lutheran reformation in Mitä oli luterilaisuus? (353 pages, so far five editions). It has also been published in German by the name Was war das Luthertum? I have also written several articles about the reformation in Sweden and Finland. The most recent one of them deals with the resistance to the reformation in Finland (Resistance to the Reformation in 16th Century Finland 18 pages). This subject has not been studied earlier.


Another subject of my interest has been the church history of Northern Finland. I have written one monograph Ristijärveläisen uskon historia (History of the Faith in Ristijärvi 182 pages) and a few articles about it.

My textbook Kristinuskon historia (History of Christianity 269 pages) has become the most popular textbook in Finnish used in the teaching of the church history.

Keywords

  • 614 Theology
  • Church History

Publications 1982 2018

Lapsille tarkoitetut uskonnolliset kirjat

Laine, T. V. H., Ahokas, M. M., Arffman, K. M., Laine, E. M. & Räisänen-Schröder, P., 2018, Hyödyllisen tiedon piirit: Tutkimuksia papistosta, rahvaasta ja tiedon rakentumisesta 1700-luvulla. Laine, E. M. & Ahokas, M. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 184-219 36 p. 5. (Historiallisia tutkimuksia; no. 277).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Kaksitoista artiklaa - ensimmäinen ihmisoikeusjulistus: [Schwabenin talonpoikien kahdentoista artiklan suomennos]

Arffman, K., 2 Oct 2017, In : Kytkin.

Research output: Contribution to journalOther articlesScientific

Open Access

Lutherin suhde katoliseen kirkkoon ja paaviuteen

Arffman, K., 17 Oct 2017, In : Teologia.fi. 3/2017

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Luther - profeetta vai vallanpitäjien hännystelijä? [Johdatus Schwabenin talonpoikien kahteentoista artiklaan]

Arffman, K. M., 2 Oct 2017, In : Kytkin.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Pohjoinen reformaatio [kirja-arvostelu]

Arffman, K. M., 2016, Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2016. P. L. & Lampinen-Enqvist, O. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomen Kirkkohistoriallinen Seura, Vol. 106. p. 252-254 3 p. (Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja ; no. 106).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Projects 2008 2015

Transition and continuity. Society, everyday life and religion in Northern Europe 1450-1600

Krötzl, C., Arffman, K. M., Laine, T. V. H., Alaja, P., Ijäs, M., Toivo, R., Ojala, M., Lamberg, M., Salonen, K., Karti, H. & Räisänen, P.

01/01/200831/12/2011

Project: Research project

Activities 2002 2017

Reformaation vaikutus pohjoismaiseen yhteiskuntaan

Kaarlo Arffman (Speaker)
29 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Mitä ihmettä tapahtui uskonpuhdistuksen perinnölle?

Kaarlo Arffman (Speaker)
4 Jan 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Mikä mahdollisti uskonpuhdistuksen?

Kaarlo Arffman (Speaker)
8 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Reformaation tausta ja sen vaikutus luterilaisuuteen

Kaarlo Arffman (Speaker)
2 Feb 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Reformaation tausta ja sen vaikutus luterilaisuuteen

Kaarlo Arffman (Speaker)
24 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Loppiainen ja sen merkitys tänään.

Kaarlo Matias Arffman

01/01/2100

1 media contribution

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Eurooppalainen tapa hahmottaa elämä perustuu kristinuskoon

Kaarlo Matias Arffman

10/04/2017

1 media contribution

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Luther ja Saksa

Kaarlo Matias Arffman

06/02/2017

1 media contribution

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Reformaatiota koskeva radiohaastattelu

Kaarlo Matias Arffman

05/01/2017

1 media contribution

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Uskonpuhdistuksen tausta

Kaarlo Matias Arffman

05/01/2017

1 media contribution

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