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The contacts between archbishop Natan Söderblom (1866-1931) and the protestant Churches in Germany and Poland

Krystyna Pirogowicz

Abstract

In my Ph. D. thesis I present the contacts between the leader of the Swedish Protestant Church, Nathan Söderblom, and the protestant Church officials from Germany and Poland. In the first chapter I analise the early years of Söderblom’s life and shortly present his theological views as they provide a basis for understanding his model of ecumenism in which religious ideas were connected with his deep interests in social injustice. In the second chapter I present Söderblom’s contacts with the Polish and German Protestant Church during the World War I, which went in two directions: trying to involve the Church leaders in different peace actions and organising the relief work. Söderblom’s contacts with the Polish Protestant Church were limited to the catholic Archbishop of Warsaw, Aleksander Kakowski and ursuline Julia (Urszula) Ledóchowska. In the third chapter I analise the religious and political situation in Poland and Germany after 1918. In Poland Protestantism were torn into religiously and nationally different, separately led units. The conflict between the biggest of them motivated Söderblom to get involved. Even the religious and political situation in Germany was difficult and the German country Churches’ leaders were usually strongly politically involved. In the fourth chapter I present the church conference in Uppsala 1921 – the climax of Söderblom’s interests in the Polish. Uppsala resolutions were controversial and satisfied only a part of the protestants. In the fifth chapter I present Söderblom’s contacts with the German Protestant Church after 1921 which were concentrated around two political issues - the occupation of Ruhr by the French army and the question of the German war guilt and, secondly, around the preparations for the international Life and Work conference planned in Stockholm in 1925. In the sixth chapter Söderblom’s contacts with the Polish Protestant Church after 1921 were analised. These were limited to the main Church leaders, Blau and Bursche, and were dominated by renegotiations of the Uppsala conference’s resolutions, and considered also financial help from Sweden.
Record ID
UAM5c5488113ccb45e986053dcfb6365cb8
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Kontakty arcybiskupa Nathana Söderbloma (1866-1931) z Kościołami protestanckimi w Niemczech i Polsce
Title in English
The contacts between archbishop Natan Söderblom (1866-1931) and the protestant Churches in Germany and Poland
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of History (FoH)
Discipline
history / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.3 history
Status
Finished
Defense Date
25-05-2010
Title date
25-05-2010
Supervisor
Bernard Piotrowski Bernard Piotrowski,, Wydział Neofilologii [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNoJiL/WN)School of Languages and Literatures (SNoJiL)
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/381 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Protestantism in Sweden, Poland and Germany, Church, Ecumenical movement
Abstract in English
In my Ph. D. thesis I present the contacts between the leader of the Swedish Protestant Church, Nathan Söderblom, and the protestant Church officials from Germany and Poland. In the first chapter I analise the early years of Söderblom’s life and shortly present his theological views as they provide a basis for understanding his model of ecumenism in which religious ideas were connected with his deep interests in social injustice. In the second chapter I present Söderblom’s contacts with the Polish and German Protestant Church during the World War I, which went in two directions: trying to involve the Church leaders in different peace actions and organising the relief work. Söderblom’s contacts with the Polish Protestant Church were limited to the catholic Archbishop of Warsaw, Aleksander Kakowski and ursuline Julia (Urszula) Ledóchowska. In the third chapter I analise the religious and political situation in Poland and Germany after 1918. In Poland Protestantism were torn into religiously and nationally different, separately led units. The conflict between the biggest of them motivated Söderblom to get involved. Even the religious and political situation in Germany was difficult and the German country Churches’ leaders were usually strongly politically involved. In the fourth chapter I present the church conference in Uppsala 1921 – the climax of Söderblom’s interests in the Polish. Uppsala resolutions were controversial and satisfied only a part of the protestants. In the fifth chapter I present Söderblom’s contacts with the German Protestant Church after 1921 which were concentrated around two political issues - the occupation of Ruhr by the French army and the question of the German war guilt and, secondly, around the preparations for the international Life and Work conference planned in Stockholm in 1925. In the sixth chapter Söderblom’s contacts with the Polish Protestant Church after 1921 were analised. These were limited to the main Church leaders, Blau and Bursche, and were dominated by renegotiations of the Uppsala conference’s resolutions, and considered also financial help from Sweden.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM5c5488113ccb45e986053dcfb6365cb8/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM5c5488113ccb45e986053dcfb6365cb8

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