The Baltic republics, geographically and culturally, are almost Scandinavian. Now that a national Lutheran church–that of Latvia–has gone confessional, that affects its theologically liberal neighbors.
A Swedish theologians whom the state church refused to ordain because he doesn’t believe that women should be made pastors, has been made a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia, which has come around to that same conviction. His story, detailed after the jump, shows how various organizations–including one started by novelist Bo Giertz–are keeping orthodox Lutheranism alive in those northern climes. [Read more…]