Practical Theology with Church History

Practical Theology with Church History

The purpose of the doctoral programme in Practical Theology with Church History is to educate researchers and lecturers with a high competence in the two specialisations of Practical Theology and Church History. The programme shall have a high national and international standard and offer both breadth and depth. It includes historical, hermeneutical, philosophical, theological, sociological, and ethnological perspectives.

Practical theology features three sub-disciplines that together form the research area: practical ecclesiology, psychology of religion, and pedagogy of religion. The vision for the subject is to establish an integrated centre where denominations are studied in a broad manner, and a constructive interplay between empirical observation and experience and theory.

Church history studies the history of the christian churches and denominations. It considers how the christian faith has been embodied concretely in church life, practices, spirituality, dogmatics, organisations, or events of different kinds. Different types of analyses relating to a many diverse methods and perspectives are possible: history of ideas, political, theological, social etc. Church history at the Stockholm School of Theology has had a focus on the modern period, meaning from the middle of the 19th century until the present. We have a special competence as regards the history of revival movements, and also as regards the interplay of christian faith and modernity. It is aligned to the research area “Kyrka i samtid” (The Church and the Present Times), with the ambition to develop and deepen the knowledge of the church history of the 20th century, and its connections to our times.

 

General Syllabus for Third-Cycle Programme in Practical Theology with Church History