Where are the resources for a contemporary baptismal theology?
A traditional theology of baptism does not always make sense to people today. Ideas of salvation, eternal life, forgiveness of sins etc is often difficult to connect to daily life experiences. A promise of salvation for those who are baptized raises the question for the status of the non-baptized. Are there resources in a theology of creation that can be exploited for a more relevant baptismal theology?
- Anna Karin Hammer, dr.theol i systematisk teologi, SE
- Harald Hegstad, Professor in systematic theology, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, NO
- Niels Henrik Gregersen, professor in Systematic theology, Copenhagen University
- Pekka Metso, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, School of Theology, Philosophical Faculty, University of Eastern Finland
Chair: Jyri Komulainen
About the project:
The project “Baptism in times of change” is part of the joint Nordic initiative Churches in Times of Change (CITC) which focuses on changes in ecclesial practice and theology in the Nordic region. In the Nordic region, the situation for the churches is quite comparable theologically, historically, and sociologically. This calls for common reflection and increased ecumenical cooperation between the Nordic folk churches. The CITC is an important step in the realization of our common Lutheran identity. The project is led by professor at MF, Harald Hegstad.
Why focus on baptism? Due to falling numbers, much attention has been given to baptism in recent years. The pilot project is a meta-study, aiming at gathering and analyzing existing material and experiences. In this way, the pilot project facilitates joint reflection and aims to develop recommendations by researchers, church leaders, and practitioners.
How to engage?
In spring 2021 we are planning a series of 5 webinars on each of the main areas of the discussion: Statistics, empirical and qualitative research on baptism, rituals and practice, communication and campaigns, and theological development.
More information is found at the webpage: www.churchesintimesofchange.org