Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of Secularity of Law
This project researches the conscious and unconscious uses of the Lutheran and broader Protestant past for the construction and institutionally embedding of norms and values in Nordic secular law.
The overarching goal of ProNoLa is to examine relations between Lutheran majority traditions, broader Protestant theology and the development of secular law in the Nordic region over the last 500 years.
The project aims to provide a more complex, nuanced and critical genealogy of the negotiations of law and religion in the Nordic and German realms. It will do so by highlighting the numerous ruptures, twists and turns in the relationship between law and secularity.
The expected outcome of the research is a reformulated history about interlinkages between Lutheran and broader Protestant theology within majority and minority churches and the secularity of the law, not only in the historic period until the Enlightenment era, but during subsequent periods into the current reconfessionalisation and internationalisation of relations between religions, state and law.
The project’s research findings will be presented and spread to a wider academic and non-academic public audience through research symposia and publications.