Nathan Soderblom and Our Own Time

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In 1914 Professor Nathan Soderblom was elected archbishop of the Church of Sweden. His consecration took place in Uppsala Cathedral just months after the beginning of World War I. In 1925, he convened an ecumenical meeting in Stockholm that came to shape the ecumenical movement for decades to come. The peace question remained at the heart of his episcopate as long as it lasted. In this article, Antje Jackelen and Jakob Wiren explore some of the additional challenges that lay before Nathan Soderblom. Even today, there are lessons to be learned from the way Soderblom responded to issues such as questioning the relevance of the church, the need for dialogue between science and theology, the urgency of ecumenical cooperation, and the risks of nationalism.


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  • History of Religions


  • Nathan Soderblom, Church of Sweden, ecumenism, theology of religions, nationalism, science and theology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-382
JournalDialog: A Journal of Theology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch