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On the Legacy of Lutheranism in Finland : Societal Perspectives (2019)

Sinnemäki, K., Portman, A., Tilli, J., & Nelson, R. H. (Eds.). (2019). On the Legacy of Lutheranism in Finland : Societal Perspectives. Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. Studia Fennica Historica, 25. https://doi.org/10.21435/sfh.25

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Sinnemäki, Kaius; Portman, Anneli; Tilli, Jouni; Nelson, Robert H.

ISBN: 978-951-858-135-5

eISBN: 978-951-858-150-8

Journal or series: Studia Fennica Historica

ISSN: 1458-526X

eISSN: 2669-9591

Publication year: 2019

Number in series: 25

Number of pages in the book: 346

Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura

Place of Publication: Helsinki

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21435/sfh.25

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel


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

Keywords: Lutheranism; Protestantism; Reformation; national church; civil religion; national identity; societal effects; societal change; secularisation

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Reporting Year: 2019

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