In 1986 Doug Frank published one of the most intriguing books in an outpouring of historical writing on American evangelical Protestants. Its title, Less Than Conquerors, inverted a well-known Pauline phrase popular in revival traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sweden has the highest rate of domestic abuse in Europe, its suicide rate is among the highest in the world, and it has an alcohol problem. Yet it is people in the arts and theater who are tackling Sweden’s dark side, not the church, says commentator Giles Fraser. Most Swedes think the church is quite irrelevant. Despite state funding, only about 2 percent of the population goes to church. “Devoted atheists are never going to be persuaded by a theology of the cross,” says Fraser. “But no one whatsoever is going to be persuaded by a theology of nice” (Guardian, May 30).