On the Legacy of Lutheranism in Finland: Societal Perspectives

Kaius Tatu-Kustaa Sinnemäki (Editor), Johanna Anneli Marita Portman (Editor), Jouni Aleksi Tilli (Editor), Robert H. Nelson (Editor)

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This volume analyses the societal legacy of Lutheranism in Finland in broad terms. It contributes to the recent renewed interest in the history of religion in Finland and the Nordic countries by bringing together researchers in history, political science, economics, social psychology, education, linguistics, media studies, and theology to examine the mutual relationship between Lutheranism and society in Finland. The two main foci are (i) the historical effects of the Reformation and its aftermath on societal structures and on national identity, values, linguistic culture, education, and the economy, and (ii) the adaptation of the church – and its theology – to changes in the geo-political and sociocultural context. Important sub-themes include nationalism and religion, the secularization and institutionalization of traditional values, multiple Protestant ethics, and long continuities in history. Overall the book argues that large changes in societies cannot be explained via ‘secular’ factors alone, such as economic development or urbanization, but that factors pertaining to religion provide substantial explanatory power for understanding societal change and the resulting societal structures.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherSuomalaisen kirjallisuuden seura
ISBN (Print)978-951-858-135-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-858-150-8, 978-951-858-149-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeC2 Edited book

Publication series

NameStudia Fennica Historica
PublisherFinnish Literature Society
ISSN (Print)1458-526X
ISSN (Electronic)2669-9591

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • 517 Political science
  • 5144 Social psychology
  • 614 Theology

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