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Att uppfatta allt mänskligt: underströmmar av luthersk livsförståelse i Selma Lagerlöfs författarskap. Swedish text with a German summery
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2001 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Understanding Everything Human : Undercurrents of Lutheran Understanding of Life in the Writing of Selma Lagerlöf (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis categorises some characteristic features in the 20th century Lutheran theology, in order to create a picture of the Lutheran theology and Lutheran pre-understanding of life which leave its marks on Selma Lagerlöf as well as on other contemporary expressions of faith and worldviews. Four Lutheran figures of thought are examined as undercurrents in the discourse of the writings of Selma Lagerlöf. They are a) The understanding of Word and Faith, which includes the understanding of justification by faith. b) Faith in God as Creator and in his providence. c) The doctrine of vocatio and God's two regiments. d) The theology of the Cross that emphasises the descent of God and God's taking part in the human life. This investigation has shown that the epic of Lagerlöf can be read in terms of Lutheran theology.

The religious roots of Selma Lagerlöf are often described as ”a nothing” - a traditional background, a friendly non-doctrinal piety, and so forth. But this inconspicuous and unconscious religious background has a content, namely the Lutheran faith in the culture and society in which she grew up.

Some of the great novels such as The story of Gösta Berlings saga, Jerusalem and The wonderful adventures of Nils and some stories, sagas and legends are investigated. The study shows how the Lutheran understanding of life is expressed in these texts and their interpretation of the reality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet , 2001. , p. 267
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2001:23
Keywords [en]
Selma Lagerlöf, Martin Luther, Lutheranism, discourse, undercurrents, figure of thought, pre-understanding, inconspicuous religion, pietism, secularising, dialectic theology, epic, narrative, justification by faith, Word of God, Word and Faith, creation and providence, doctrine of vocatio and work, theologia crucis
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-5587ISBN: 91-89422-58-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-5587DiVA, id: diva2:311653
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2002-01-11, Agardhsalen, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2010-05-07 Created: 2010-04-22 Last updated: 2011-10-18Bibliographically approved

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