Trust and authority in the Lutheran North

29 October 2019

Theological and historical perspectives on the trust culture sustaining the Scandinavian welfare states. LUMEN Seminar 2-3 December 2019, Aarhus University.

This seminar examines the possible influence from Lutheran theology and social teaching on the high-trust culture characteristic of Nordic welfare societies from an interdisciplinary perspective of social and political science, history, and theology. Scandinavians are world champions at trusting each other. They place more trust in their fellow citizens, in public authorities, and in the state than any other people in the world. In this seminar, we trace the cultural historical roots of this famous Nordic trust back into Lutheran theology and examine the possible influence of such a theologically informed trust culture on contemporary Scandinavian welfare states.

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