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Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)In: Religionsdidaktiska studier / [ed] Torsten Löfstedt, Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2015, 75-87 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Indulgence – a frequently misunderstood phenomenon in the medieval Church.

This paper has a didactic purpose. An often heard misconception concerning the medieval Catholic Church is that forgiving of sins could be bought for money. This opinion is the result of misconceptions of the phenomenon of indulgence. In the paper, indulgence is discussed and explained in the context of the sacrament of Penance. Examples are cited from late medieval Scandinavia. The focus is on practice, while theological and judicial aspects are dealt with cursorily. Martin Luther’s critical discussion of indulgence in his 95 theses from 1517 exemplifies the critique directed towards the late medieval sale of indulgence. Finally, some modern Swedish schoolbooks in Religion and History are examined in order to see if misconceptions of medieval indulgence are still in vigour.

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Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2015. 75-87 p.
Keyword [sv]
botsakramentet, botgöring, syndaförlåtelse, indulgens, Luther, avlatshandel, skolböcker, avlat
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Religious Studies History History of Religions
Research subject
Humanities, History Education; Humanities, History
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46826ISBN: 978-91-87925-35-1OAI: diva2:862376
Available from: 2015-10-21 Created: 2015-10-21 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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