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Löfstedt, Torsten
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Löfstedt, T. (2019). Can we speak of progress in systematic theology?. In: European Academy of Religion Conference 2019: Bologna, Monday 4th - Thursday 7th March, 2019. Paper presented at Bologna from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th March, 2019. Bologna, Monday 4th - Thursday 7th March, 2019. Bologna: European Academy of Religion
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Can we speak of progress in systematic theology?
2019 (English)In: European Academy of Religion Conference 2019: Bologna, Monday 4th - Thursday 7th March, 2019, Bologna: European Academy of Religion , 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bologna: European Academy of Religion, 2019
Keywords
theology, science, progress
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81511 (URN)
Conference
Bologna from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th March, 2019. Bologna, Monday 4th - Thursday 7th March, 2019
Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-04-29Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2019). Framställningen av treenighetsläran i läroböcker i religionskunskap. HumaNetten (42), 131-155
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Framställningen av treenighetsläran i läroböcker i religionskunskap
2019 (Swedish)In: HumaNetten, E-ISSN 1403-2279, no 42, p. 131-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University, 2019
Keywords
treenigheten, kristendom, teologi, religionskunskap, ämnesspråk
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-86262 (URN)10.15626/hn.20194207 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-07-09 Created: 2019-07-09 Last updated: 2019-08-13Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2019). Megachurches in Russia and Other Parts of the Former Soviet Union. In: Stephen J. Hunt (Ed.), Handbook of Megachurches: (pp. 284-301). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Megachurches in Russia and Other Parts of the Former Soviet Union
2019 (English)In: Handbook of Megachurches / [ed] Stephen J. Hunt, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2019, p. 284-301Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Russia and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union where there was no freedom of religion before 1990, megachurches have helped spread evangelical Christianity. Most of these congregations were established in the early 1990s. They are all located in large cities. Most megachurches in Russia are registered with a larger Pentecostal denomination, but they have many daughter churches and function as centres of their own denominations. The founding pastors are generally still the leaders of the congregations. The congregations support music and educational ministries and ministries to people on the margins of society. Contemporary worship styles are the norm and small group meetings are of central importance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2019
Series
Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion ; 19
Keywords
Pentecostalism, Russia, Soviet Union, Charismatic Movement, megachurches
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-90640 (URN)10.1163/9789004412927_015 (DOI)978-90-04-39988-4 (ISBN)978-90-04-41292-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-20 Created: 2019-12-20 Last updated: 2020-02-25Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2019). Who is the Blinder of Eyes and Hardener of Hearts in John 12:40?. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 84, 167-192
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Who is the Blinder of Eyes and Hardener of Hearts in John 12:40?
2019 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 84, p. 167-192Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Svenska Exegetiska Sällskapet, 2019
Keywords
Devil, Satan, Isaiah 6:9-10, combat myth, dualism, New Testament, Gospel according to John
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89480 (URN)
Available from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2019-10-23Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2018). Establishing Authority in Spiritual Warfare Literature. HumaNetten, 41, 4-24
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Establishing Authority in Spiritual Warfare Literature
2018 (English)In: HumaNetten, E-ISSN 1403-2279, Vol. 41, p. 4-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnéuniversitetet, 2018
Keywords
Charismatic Christianity, Pentecostalism, Exorcism, Demons, Spiritual Warfare
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79299 (URN)10.15626/hn.20184101 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2019-07-08Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2018). [ Review of ] Graham R. Smith. The Church Militant : Spiritual Warfare in the Anglican Charismatic Renewal: Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. 2016. 278 pp. [Review]. Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, 94(1-2), 111-112
Open this publication in new window or tab >>[ Review of ] Graham R. Smith. The Church Militant : Spiritual Warfare in the Anglican Charismatic Renewal: Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. 2016. 278 pp.
2018 (English)In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, Vol. 94, no 1-2, p. 111-112Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Keywords
Spiritual warfare, Charismatic Christianity, Devil, Church of England
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76629 (URN)
Available from: 2018-07-03 Created: 2018-07-03 Last updated: 2019-02-11Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2018). Ulf Ekman och auktoritetsfrågan. In: Mats Trondman, Malin Lennartsson (Ed.), Auktoritet: (pp. 189-213). Göteborg: Daidalos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ulf Ekman och auktoritetsfrågan
2018 (Swedish)In: Auktoritet / [ed] Mats Trondman, Malin Lennartsson, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2018, p. 189-213Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Daidalos, 2018
Keywords
charisma, Charismatic Christianity, Word of Life, authority, Evangelical Christianity, Faith movement, karisma, Livets ord, trosrörelsen, auktoritet
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72315 (URN)978-91-7173-538-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-06 Created: 2018-04-06 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2017). Are the Expressions 'Unclean Spirit' and 'Demon' Used as Technical Terms in the New Testament?. In: Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting / Society for Pentecostal Studies: Berlin, August 10, 2017. Paper presented at Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting/ Society for Pentecostal Studies, Berlin, 10 August 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Are the Expressions 'Unclean Spirit' and 'Demon' Used as Technical Terms in the New Testament?
2017 (English)In: Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting / Society for Pentecostal Studies: Berlin, August 10, 2017, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

I begin by explaining the relevance of this question, noting how in Pentecostal and Charismatic writings (I focus especially on spiritual warfare literature) the words ‘unclean spirit’ and ‘demon’ are often treated as technical terms, with fixed well-defined meanings (incorporeal, malevolent supernatural agents that assail people in specific ways). Next I summarize some good reasons for treating them as technical terms. I note how other early texts treat ’demon’ as a discrete category. For example the Book of the Watchers traces all demons back to the antediluvian giants, suggesting that all demons are ultimately of the same kind, and the Testament of Solomon provides a catalogue of demons, also indicative of the fact that demons were considered a clearly defined category. There are also reasons to not consider ‘unclean spirit’ and ‘demon’ to be technical terms, however.  For example, New Testament authors do not share the interest in the nature of demons or their classification with later Christian and Jewish texts. NT texts do not explain on what basis demons and diseases were distinguished; on the contrary, references to demons and disease often co-occur in NT texts, suggesting that the expressions reflect perceived symptoms rather than being attempts at etiology. By way of conclusion I argue that we should be careful and not read too much into various references to demons and unclean spirits in the New Testament. Healings and exorcisms are performed in the New Testament either by Jesus or in his name and with his authority, rather than being based on the correct identification of demons.

Keywords
New Testament, demon, healing, theology, Gospel
National Category
Religious Studies History of Ideas
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67245 (URN)
Conference
Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting/ Society for Pentecostal Studies, Berlin, 10 August 2017
Available from: 2017-08-15 Created: 2017-08-15 Last updated: 2017-08-16Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2017). Pentecostals and Charismatics in Russia, Ukraine, and Other Post-Soviet States: History and Future Prospects. In: Vinson Synan, Amos Yong (Ed.), Global Renewal Christianity : Spirit-Empowered Movements Past, Present, and Future: Volume 4 : Europe and North America (pp. 19-32). Lake Mary, Florida: Charisma House
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pentecostals and Charismatics in Russia, Ukraine, and Other Post-Soviet States: History and Future Prospects
2017 (English)In: Global Renewal Christianity : Spirit-Empowered Movements Past, Present, and Future: Volume 4 : Europe and North America / [ed] Vinson Synan, Amos Yong, Lake Mary, Florida: Charisma House , 2017, p. 19-32Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lake Mary, Florida: Charisma House, 2017
Keywords
Pentecostalism, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60076 (URN)978-1-62998-943-3 (ISBN)
Note

Även sidor: 386-391

Available from: 2017-01-23 Created: 2017-01-23 Last updated: 2017-03-02Bibliographically approved
Löfstedt, T. (2017). [ Review of ] Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudning-Zelt, and Benjamin Wold, (eds.). Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons [Review]. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 82, 235-238
Open this publication in new window or tab >>[ Review of ] Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudning-Zelt, and Benjamin Wold, (eds.). Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons
2017 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 82, p. 235-238Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska exegetiska sällskapet, 2017
Keywords
devil, demons, theology, New Testament, Old Testament
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67739 (URN)
Available from: 2017-09-05 Created: 2017-09-05 Last updated: 2019-10-11Bibliographically approved
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