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LUMEN publishes regularly new blog entries on theoretical, methodical, and empirical elements of its ongoing research.
The democratisation processes of Danish society in 1849 fuelled a crisis in the trust culture that hitherto had centred on the trustful relationship between loyal and obedient subjects and the absolutist king. This transformation of the trust culture was influenced by Lutheran social imaginaries transmitted by Grundtvig and the Grundtvigian movement.
Af Sasja Emilie Mathiasen Stopa
In May, at the “Heavenly Days” festival in Roskilde, Denmark, the head of the LUMEN centre at Aarhus University, Bo Kristian Holm, was part of a trialogue with Miroslav Volf and Tom Holland under the headline “Christianity and Society: Does Faith Affect Society Today?” The essence of Holm’s presentation is outlined below.
As part of one of the larger research projects in LUMEN, Lutheranism and societal development in Denmark, we have now made a major step within digitalization of sources 18th century sources and made it possible to use digital methods on our 18th century archival material. This enable us to ask new research questions and reach firmer conclusions.
Per Ingesman, a professor of church history at Aarhus University, retired recently. With a background in theology as well as history, he has been crucial for the process leading to the establishment of the LUMEN Centre. He has a long and manifold career behind him, and the key question in his research has always been the classical question in ecclesiastical historiography: How does religion influence society – and vice versa – and how can we describe this influence?
This blog post focuses on an altarpiece from the late 15th century in a small village in southern Denmark, and in particular on the post-Reformation inscriptions on the predella. These inscriptions are significant in a liturgical, historical perspective since they address the communicants directly. The inscriptions on the predella can provide us with insights into the beliefs, assumptions and liturgical practices associated with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
In 2020, Carsten Bach-Nielsen retired from his position as an associate professor of church history at Aarhus University. Carsten Bach-Nielsen has been a great support of LUMEN over the years, bringing plenty of critical and constructive questions and perspectives to the centre’s projects, which often included references to material culture. To honour Carsten Bach-Nielsen’s work, a team of six colleagues has edited a festschrift published with Aarhus University Press. This blog entry presents his contribution to scholarship.
Covid19 has once again led to new restrictions in Denmark and elsewhere – and to new discussions of these restrictions. There seems to be a special resistance to the demand to wear masks in all public places. This blog post suggests that cultural and religious heritage might be part of the explanation for this resistance – even though we are not aware of our cultural and religious heritage. This heritage is not necessarily in itself part of the solution, but thinking about it might be.
Niels Hemmingsen (1513–1600) was an early modern Danish theologian. In my recent book, Envisioning the Christian Society (Mohr Siebeck, 2020), I study Hemmingsen as an expert in his theological and political context. This blog post presents the book.
In searching for a new theological language, the reformers found inspiration in the social philosophy of Seneca and Cicero. In particular, Seneca’s book De beneficiis inspired both the Lutheran understanding of grace and of political authority, especially in the idea of the benevolent ruler.
In early Lutheranism, sermons, confessions and catechisms were not the only avenues through which the new doctrine of justification spread. At the same time, artists such as Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer and Hans Schäufelin were working on visual forms that expressed the Reformation faith. These visual expressions had quite a strong influence on the shaping of Lutheran confessional societies.
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