Grāmatas ”Mūsu Virsgani” esejas autors
Somijas Evaņģēliski luteriskās Baznīcas mācītājs, no 1981.g. Helsinku Universitātes Teoloģijas fakultātes baznīcas vēstures profesors, no 2005.g. teoloģijas un filozofijas zinātņu doktors, Somijas Zinātņu akadēmijas pētnieks,
Grāmatas „LELB padomju okupācijas laikā no 1944. līdz 1950. gadam” autors
Professor of Church History, from 2005
Faculty of Helsinki
University of Helsinki
Born in 1953 in Vähäkyrö. Nowadays lives in Vantaa, near Helsinki.
Church and Politics in 20th century
European revival movements, especially Laestadianism
Baltic Church history, especially Latvian modern church history
Research history in Baltic Church history
I visited Soviet Estonia for the first time in autumn 1978. Research Viron lestadiolaisuus 1886–1953 (Laestadianism in Estonia in 1886–1953) was published in 1989 (Studia Historica Septentrionalia 16. Jyväskylä 1989). After 1984 my main interest has been Latvian Church History, and during 1991–1992 I studied Latvian language in the University of Helsinki.
During the last years I have continued to research the Estonian Lutheran awakening movements, among others Herrnhutism.
My Ph.D. thesis in General History Church under the Pressure of Stalinism. The status and development of Soviet-Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1944–1950 (Studia Historica Septentrionalia. Rovaniemi 1997) was published in 1997. It dealt with the role of the Lutheran Church of Latvia in Soviet Latvia in the grip of Stalinism after WWII. The dissertation has been translated into Latvian and published in 2009 in Riga.
Since 1995 I have studied the history of Latvian theology during the World Wars. It has previously been studied only to a minor extent, thus my work has been kind of pioneering. The most important previous work on the subject is Ludvigs Adamovičs´ History of the Theological Faculty of the Latvian University (Latvijas universitātes teoloģijas fakultāte 1919–1939), but there also exist some articles written by Edgars Ķiploks and Nikandrs Gills, among others.
The bibliography of Professor Ludvigs Adamovičs, based on Aija Freimane´s Master’s Thesis, was published in 2005 (Publications of Finnish Society of Church History, no. 196). I continue this research by studying the role of Professor Ludvigs Adamovičs as a creator of Latvian national church history.
My research Latvian kansallisen teologian synty. Kiista teologian suunnasta ja pappiskoulutuksesta Latvian evankelis-luterilaisessa kirkossa 1918–1934 (The Birth of Latvian national theology. The battle for the direction of theology and the Education of clergy in the Latvian Evangelical-Lutheran Church in 1918–1934) was published in 2008.
My first visit to Soviet Latvia took place in May 1984. Since then I have visited Latvia numerous times and done research in the country for approximately three years in total. I have also delivered lectures in the Latvian University and in the School of St. Gregor in Saldus (the School of Latvian Ev.Luth. Church). I have also compiled material concerned Latvian church history from various parts of the world during shorter research periods, for example in the USA, Great Britain, Australia, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden.
The Lithuanian church history has been among my interests as well. Generally, this research interest has been in "the secondary level" in my research work. I have some contacts especially to Lithuanian Protestant theologians.I have been Cordinator of the INBCH (International network of Baltic church-historians)
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