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Av denna världen?: Emil Gustafson, moderniteten och den evangelikala väckelsen
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2012 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Of the World? : Emil Gustafson, Modernity and Evangelicalism (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to investigate the relationship between evangelicalism and modernity with the Swedish holiness preacher Emil Gustafson (1862–1900) as a case. This is achieved by comparing Gustafson’s spirituality with Charles Taylor’s characterization of modernity. The investigation identifies five central themes in Gustafson’s spirituality: conversion, calling, suffering, sanctification, and spiritual experience. With regard to these themes paral-lels with modernity are noted. For example, the analysis shows that modern individualism influenced Gustafson’s view of conversion, and that instrumental rationality informed his evaluations of his own work as a preacher. But there are also instances where he distanced himself from modernity. He did not embrace a modern optimistic anthropology, or the view of suffering as purely negative. It is concluded that Gustafson is neither anti-modern, nor identical to Taylor’s depiction of modernity. He represents one kind of modernity. One that is theocentric rather than anthropo-centric. In order to uphold this theocentric character Gustafson’s opposition to the basic struc-ture of modernity had to be grounded in social practices. For instance, his negative anthropol-ogy was grounded in the revival-meeting where outsiders were called to repent and rely on God rather than themselves. Based on the results from this study it is suggested that evangelicalism should be inter-preted as neither in conflict with modernity, nor in continuity with it, but rather as a kind of modernity. There are multiple modernities, and evangelicalism is one of them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2012. , 395 p.
, Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Kyrkohistoriska Föreningen. II. Ny följd., 67
Keyword [en]
Emil Gustafson, modernity, evangelicalism, spirituality, holiness movement, Helgelseförbundet, Keswick movement, Free Churches, Charles Taylor, practices, mysticism, individualism, suffering, holiness, discipline
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Church History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168901ISBN: 978-91-7580-594-8OAI: diva2:503946
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2012-04-24, Lärosal IV, Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 10:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2012-03-22 Created: 2012-02-17 Last updated: 2014-03-06Bibliographically approved

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