Nathan Söderblom and «nationalism»: Riga, Uppsala, and the Ruhr

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Due to his ecumenical internationalism, the Swedish Archbishop Nathan Söderblom has been regarded as an opponent of nationalism, contrary to some other Swedish theologians of his time. However, as has been demonstrated by Kjell Blückert, Aila Lauha and others, Söderblom was not without nationalist tendencies. Other scholars have tried to explain his nationalism as mere patriotism. By closely examining exemplary actions of Söderblom in Riga, Uppsala and Ruhr, this article seeks to demonstrate that Söderblom was motivated by nationalist tendencies even while he distanced himself from more extreme forms of nationalism. Additionally, this article calls into question a common method of inquiry in both History and Church History, namely the drawing of contrasts between two positions to their extremity, neglecting any common ground and sometimes even ignoring the obvious and self-sufficient elements in the development of one or the other.

Sidor (från-till)368-375
Antal sidor8
TidskriftKirchliche Zeitgeschichte
StatusPublished - 2017 dec 1

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  • Religionshistoria


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