Project: Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of the Secularity of Law

Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of the Secularity of Law (ProNoLa) is relevant to the HERA call by researching 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 in the course of the last 500 years. Highlighting the numerous ruptures, twists and turns in the relationship between law and secularity, 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. The expected outcome of the research is thus a reformulated grand 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 re-confessionalisation and internationalization of relations between religions, state and law. ProNoLa is implemented by organizing research symposia with subsequent publications and dissemination concerning four overlapping but distinct historical periods involving transformation processes and turns; taking its point of departure in Lutheran reformation and reaching into a 21st Century religiously pluralist future. Finally, in the fifth turn, Norden meets Europe the re-telling of the grand history is presented and disseminated to a wider academic and non-academic public.

Acronym ProNoLa (Reference Number: HERA.15.050)
Duration 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2019
Project Topic REFLECTIVE-1-2014
Call HERA Call “Uses of the Past”

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Faculty of Theology Coordinator Denmark
2 Faculty of Law Partner Finland
3 Faculty of Theology Partner Norway
4 Faculty of Law Partner Sweden
5 Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Kirchenrecht, Staatskirchenrecht Partner Germany
6 Council of International Relations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark Observer Denmark
7 Church Research Institute Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland Observer Finland
8 Church of Norway National Council Observer Norway
9 The Research Unit at Church of Sweden Observer Sweden
10 Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, Kirchenamt Observer Germany
11 The Danish Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs Observer Denmark
12 Evalgelical Lutheran Church in Finland Observer Finland
13 Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Department of Church Affairs Observer Norway
14 Nämnden för Statlig Stöd till Trossamfund Observer Sweden
15 Bundesministerium des Innern Observer Germany