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Ulf Ekman and the question of authority
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Ulf Ekman, founder of the Word of Life megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden, of the Russia Inland Mission and the Word of Life family of churches, announced his conversion to the Roman Catholic Church 9 March 2014. He gave several reasons for his conversion, including the “authentic authority” of the RCC “that can decide on and give guidance inquestions of doctrine and morals”. Arguably Ekman has long been attracted to absolute authorities upon which to base his faith; perhaps that is what attracted him to the faith movement, where faith implies certainty and the rejection of doubt. I’ll examine Ekman’s relationship to authority, and its relation to questions of authority among Charismatics. Ekman’s The Foundations of our Faith was the primary theological text for many Swedish Charismatics. What do you do when the author of your theological text no longer believes what he’s written? Ekman said it was at the urging of the Holy Spirit that he founded of the Word of Life church. Prior to joining the RCC he also sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit. How do leaders of Word of Life assess Ekman’s conversion? Did the Holy Spirit lead Ekman to leave the Word of Life?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
Ulf Ekman, Authority, Roman Catholic Church, Word of Life
Keyword [sv]
Ulf Ekman, Auktoritet, Katolska kyrkan, Livets ord
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-36807OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-36807DiVA: diva2:744899
Conference
8th GloPent (The European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism) Conference: "Pentecostalism and Development", SOAS, University of London, London, UK, September 5-6, 2014
Available from: 2014-09-09 Created: 2014-09-09 Last updated: 2014-11-20Bibliographically approved

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