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Bön i mörkret: teologiska perspektiv på tvivel i svensk bönbokslitteratur
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9556-2123
2022 (Swedish)In: Riter i kris / [ed] Lundberg, Mattias, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma, 2022Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Most Christians experience doubt and even unbelief in their lives. Doubt in relation to faith has been explored by a number of theologians, internationally by for example Paul Tillich and Sören Kierkegaard, and more nationally in Sweden by K. G. Hammar. The question is if doubt and unbelief also have a place in Christian prayer practices. There are few prayers from the position of doubt in the most commonly used prayer books in Sweden. That in itself is interesting, but the purpose of this text is to analyze the theologies of the prayers found and also present a theology of prayer from doubt from that analysis together with the kenotic Christology of Sören Kierkegaard. What the text concludes is that prayer from a position of existential doubt is close to the question of suffering for the Christian believer. Doubt and the real darkness that can entail in the life of a believer should not be brushed over or considered as “peaceful”. Were it not for the God-forsakenness of Christ at the cross, God would not be present in the darkness of doubt, as Kierkegaard sees it. Since Christ himself was abandoned by God the place of doubt can now be the very place where the believer has no other choice but to fully submit one’s self to God. The prayer from a position of doubt then is the place where even the faith of the believer is abandoned into the hands of God.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma, 2022.
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Svenskt Gudstjänstliv, ISSN 0280-9133 ; 97
Keywords [sv]
bön, kris, tvivel, Paul Tillich, Sören Kierkegaard, korsteologi, gudstjänstliv, bönbok
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Religious Studies
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Practical Theology including Religious Behavioural Sciences; Systematic Theology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1726ISBN: 9789177772286 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1726DiVA, id: diva2:1724588
Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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