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Sep 18, 2006


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This is good for the Christian Democrats in Sweden.

I think it was time for a change in who is in power in Sweden anyways. Hopefully, this will help decentralize power some from Stockholm via lower income taxes.


Michael Kruse

I just finished reading a history of Denmark that covers the last 500 years. My great-grandfather came to the US from Denmark in 1880. His father, Jens Anderson Kruse was a founding member of the Venstre party in their legislature. Venstre represented the concerns of small farmers and business people. In discussing the politics of Denmark, the book occasionally compared it to other developments in northern Europe. I found it all very fascinating. Politics, relgion and economics in Scandinavia are a very interesting mix.


I can send you my paper on Swedish Baptist Pietism.

You shd check out the danish movie Ordet directed by Theodore Dreyer. It is the film on Scandinavian spirituality and captures well how they've shifted from being quite religious to quite neo-pagan. And the best film against neo-paganism today is "Songs from the Second Floor", which deplores neo-paganism but is unable to return to Christianity and poses at the end what the modern person is supposed to do now they've turned their back on Christianity.

I'm sure you're familiar with the quotes made by Jurgen Habermas recently?

"Christianity, and nothing else, is the ultimate foundation of liberty, conscience, human rights, and democracy, the benchmarks of Western civilisation".

Michael Kruse

"I can send you my paper on Swedish Baptist Pietism."


"Ordet directed by Theodore Dreyer"

"Songs from the Second Floor"

A few months ago, I attended a showing of an independent documentary about the Danish resistence and the portection of Jews by Danes. I'll put these on my radar.

I don't think I have ever sat down and read through a complete work by JH though I have read some of his articles and assessments of him. He is one of the guys I just keep meaning to get to but...

Loved the quote!


It piquest the interest, but I think also is a bit pushy as he couples it with a trenchant criticism of today's Christian theologies.


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