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Tid och rum för dop

Risenfors Lindmark, Johanna LU (2012) TEOM55 20112
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
The purpose of this essay is to study the external circumstances of when and where baptisms are performed in the Church of Sweden. Throughout history, baptism has moved between home, church and other places. Through a literary review, I give an overview of this development and then move deeper into the development from the mid-1900s and onwards. In this part I study the ideals that have prevailed when making decisions about the place of baptism. Linked to the place of baptism is the time of baptism. These depend on both ancient rules about how soon after birth a child should be baptized, and the context in which the baptism takes place.

Often, there has been a conflict concerning the place and time for baptism. The church represents one... (More)
The purpose of this essay is to study the external circumstances of when and where baptisms are performed in the Church of Sweden. Throughout history, baptism has moved between home, church and other places. Through a literary review, I give an overview of this development and then move deeper into the development from the mid-1900s and onwards. In this part I study the ideals that have prevailed when making decisions about the place of baptism. Linked to the place of baptism is the time of baptism. These depend on both ancient rules about how soon after birth a child should be baptized, and the context in which the baptism takes place.

Often, there has been a conflict concerning the place and time for baptism. The church represents one side that wants the baptisms to be performed in the churches since it makes the meaning of the baptism clear. The parents of the child to be baptized represent the other side that often wants to have a private ceremony at home and sees baptism as a family celebration. For centuries, the church has been dealing with a situation where the church and the parents have different views on the ideals and objectives of baptism. The approach to this conflict has varied throughout history.

Even when baptisms are regularly performed in church, there is a conflict whether baptism should be a part of the congregational service or a separate service. The fourth chapter shows that this has been an important issue during the past half-century. In connection with this, the ritual for baptism has also changed. In the fifth chapter I compare Swedish ideals with international trends, which is also a comparison between the views of different churches on baptism. We can see that the Roman Catholic church, the Orthodox churches and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) prefer that baptism is celebrated at the Easter Vigil, in order to clarify its paschal.

In this study I have concluded that the Church of Sweden has not changed its baptismal ideas in any significant way. The church has always advocated the baptismal ideals from the reformation, which say that baptism should be celebrated in the centre of the parish. Perhaps the international discussion about the connection between Easter and baptism will be raised even in the Church of Sweden in the future. (Less)
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author
Risenfors Lindmark, Johanna LU
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organization
course
TEOM55 20112
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
baptism, Church of Sweden, baptismal service
language
Swedish
id
2225673
date added to LUP
2012-01-18 22:13:03
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2015-12-14 13:36:07
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this essay is to study the external circumstances of when and where baptisms are performed in the Church of Sweden. Throughout history, baptism has moved between home, church and other places. Through a literary review, I give an overview of this development and then move deeper into the development from the mid-1900s and onwards. In this part I study the ideals that have prevailed when making decisions about the place of baptism. Linked to the place of baptism is the time of baptism. These depend on both ancient rules about how soon after birth a child should be baptized, and the context in which the baptism takes place.

Often, there has been a conflict concerning the place and time for baptism. The church represents one side that wants the baptisms to be performed in the churches since it makes the meaning of the baptism clear. The parents of the child to be baptized represent the other side that often wants to have a private ceremony at home and sees baptism as a family celebration. For centuries, the church has been dealing with a situation where the church and the parents have different views on the ideals and objectives of baptism. The approach to this conflict has varied throughout history.

Even when baptisms are regularly performed in church, there is a conflict whether baptism should be a part of the congregational service or a separate service. The fourth chapter shows that this has been an important issue during the past half-century. In connection with this, the ritual for baptism has also changed. In the fifth chapter I compare Swedish ideals with international trends, which is also a comparison between the views of different churches on baptism. We can see that the Roman Catholic church, the Orthodox churches and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) prefer that baptism is celebrated at the Easter Vigil, in order to clarify its paschal.

In this study I have concluded that the Church of Sweden has not changed its baptismal ideas in any significant way. The church has always advocated the baptismal ideals from the reformation, which say that baptism should be celebrated in the centre of the parish. Perhaps the international discussion about the connection between Easter and baptism will be raised even in the Church of Sweden in the future.},
  author       = {Risenfors Lindmark, Johanna},
  keyword      = {baptism,Church of Sweden,baptismal service},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Tid och rum för dop},
  year         = {2012},
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