The state churches in Scandinavia are theologically liberal, sometimes to an extreme. For example, in the Church of Sweden the world’s first lesbian bishop called on a congregation to remove its crosses to encourage Muslims to pray there. Read this. Notice, though, the opposition to her remarks and how the bishop has no authority over the congregation, since it was established by a “mission” organization. The point is, there are conservative Christians with orthodox pastors and congregations within those state churches.
When I was in Denmark, I met a number of pastors from the Church of Denmark who came to my lectures. They were in tune with what I was saying. I was told that many towns had a conservative congregation along with a liberal congregation, with the former typically filled with worshippers with the latter being almost empty. [Read more…]