Moralisk historieskrivning - utan moralism. Kritiska anmärkningar till den moderna kyrkohistorien

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A moral Historiography without Moralism. Critical views on modern Church History.
Efforts for realism without moral judgments have identified morals with present legislation. This leads to positivistic positions, where moral questions are being answered with references to historical legal situations only, without moral implications. With the political changes 1989-1990 followed a change in historiography. This became a problem to historians who saw their task not only in judgment, but in understanding and explaining history. A reverse danger is re-perspectivation and policial instrumentalisation. Post-modern theories may not excuse historical relativism. To avoid moralism, we must understand the difference between theological and political discourses. Moralism may be regarded as a secular confessionalism. Moralism in historiography will lead to immoral consequences. In moral historiography without moralism I find a position between moralism and relativism. Moral principles may be found in natural theology or in the Declaration of Human Rights. We encounter moral dilemmmas both in history and in future. While making moral judgements, we must understand history as a moral problem with several possibilities.

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  • Religious Studies

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  • moral, moralism, historiography, church history
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)49-57
JournalSvensk Teologisk Kvartalskrift
Volume88
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)