I suppose it’s no surprise that the Swedish Church has sunk to this level — we are, after all, talking about Sweden. However, when a bishop of the church is unwilling to indicate a preference for Jesus over Mohammed, perhaps it’s time for the entire hierarchy to step down and look for another line of work. They could sell off their churches for use as day-care centers — or mosques.
Many thanks to Kepiblanc for translating this article from Fria Tider:
Mohammed as Good as Jesus, According to Swedish Bishops
When the candidates for archbishop in the upcoming election were asked if Jesus gives a truer picture of God than Mohammed the answers were somewhat evasive. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back for one of the Swedish Church’s leading theologians, who is now leaving the church in protest.
The priest and professor Eva Hamberg has had enough of the Swedish Church, which she describes as more and more secularized , politicized and intolerant. On June 14th next year Anders Wejryd, an archbishop in the Swedish Church, will retire. The process of appointing his successor has begun, and on Tuesday the first round of the elections for archbishop will take place. Accordingly, last week a public hearing took place where the candidates were given the opportunity to explain how they understand various theological issues, among other things.
“Does Jesus give a truer description of God than Mohammed?” was one of the questions.
The only one of the four candidates in this hearing who answered “yes” to that question was Ragnar Persenius — the current bishop in Uppsala. The others seemed uncertain.
“One cannot reduce the entirety of theology, especially how different religions relate to one another, into a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question. It is a violation of a great deal of knowledge and experience,” said bishop Antje Jackelén, by many observers considered the most likely candidate to win the election.
But now one of the Swedish Church’s leading theologians, the priest and professor Eva Hamberg, directs a devastating criticism towards the vague answers from the candidates.
“Just asking them that question, whether Jesus gives a truer description of God than Mohammed, and being unable to give a clear answer but instead evading the question, means that the Church of Sweden diverts from the common church of the world. When I was ordained a question like that would be unthinkable,” says Eva Hamberg to Church News.
So now Eva Hamberg has decided to leave Church of Sweden after more than thirty years as a priest. She cannot take responsibility for what she describes as an increasingly rapid secularization and politicization of the church. Hamberg also believes that there is a widespread intolerance within the church against members who represent a more traditional Christianity, for example, the opponents of female priests and people who do not accept same-sex marriages.