A Look At Lutheranism In Scandinavian Countries

Started by Dave Likeness, December 17, 2023, 03:15:11 PM

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Dave Likeness

72% of the population of Denmark belongs to The
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark (June 2023)

68% of the population of Norway belongs to The
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway (June 2020)

52% of the population of Sweden belongs to The
Lutheran Church of Sweden (January 2023)

These are all state churches and worship attendance
figures are not included. Yet they are considered low.

John Mundinger

Perhaps there is something to be said for state sponsorship of the Lutheran Church in the Scandinavian countries.  It would seem that, compared to the United States, Norway, Sweden and Denmark are less aggressive in thwarting God's left hand than we do in the United States.  E.g.

https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2023/jan/us-health-care-global-perspective-2022

https://confrontingpoverty.org/poverty-facts-and-myths/americas-poor-are-worse-off-than-elsewhere/

Lifelong Evangelical Lutheran layman

Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbour, does not yet understand them as he ought.  St. Augustine

John Mundinger

Here is an interesting read regarding church taxes in Western Europe.  I think it is interesting that many people apparently do not attend church very often, if at all, yet continue to pay the church tax even though they may opt out. 

"There are many reasons for this seeming contradiction, and explanations vary from person to person and country to country. However, one school of thought contends that many Europeans feel a culturally ingrained obligation to support the common good with taxes – and tend to see religious institutions as "public utilities" that help those in need.5

Indeed, the survey finds that across all six countries with church taxes, people who say they pay the tax tend to express more positive feelings about the impact of churches on society. For example, many self-reported payers say that churches and other religious institutions strengthen morality, bring people together and help the poor; on balance, fewer former church tax payers hold these views.6 Moreover, current taxpayers are less likely than former taxpayers to say that religion should be kept separate from government policies (see here)
."

https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2019/04/30/in-western-european-countries-with-church-taxes-support-for-the-tradition-remains-strong/
Lifelong Evangelical Lutheran layman

Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbour, does not yet understand them as he ought.  St. Augustine

Dave Likeness

#3
Here is a list of official acts in Lutheran Church of Norway

Infant Baptisms: 1960: 96% of population, 2019 only 51%

Youth Confirmands: 1960: 93% of population, 2019 only 54%

Church Weddings: 1960: 85% of population, 2019 only 31%

Church Funerals: 1960 Stats not available
 2019 it was 85% of population

Bottom Line: In 2019, only 3% of the population of Norway
attended Sunday Worship more than once a month

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