FACTOID # 28: Austin, Texas has more people than Alaska.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Church of Finland

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is a Lutheran Church and the most common church in Finland. With a subscription rate of 85 percent (2003) it is the largest denomination in Finland, though it has lost some membership as society has secularized.


The head of the church is the Archbishop of Turku, currently Jukka Paarma.

Contents

History

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is a successor to the Church of Sweden of which it was a part until 1809, when the Grand Duchy of Finland became a part of the Russian Empire. Before the introduction of religious freedom in 1923 membership in either the Finnish Orthodox Church or the Evangelical Lutheran Church was compulsory.


Teachings

The church is founded on the teachings of Martin Luther. It teaches that all who believe in Jesus will be saved. This is because every man sins, no one person can be good enough to God by his/her acts. As apostle Paul said, only the faith in Jesus Christ can save, for He carried all our sins and suffered the penalty we would have deserved. Thus we are saved by our faith in Him, our saviour.


The church does not control its members strictly, and members can be found to believe in things contradicting the teachings of the church, such as rebirth or horoscopes. The spirit of the New Testament is considered to be more important than the strict rules of the Old Testament. Rituals, such as weddings and funerals, are often considered to be the most important reasons to remain a member.


Finances

Because the church has the position as a state church it is able to collect membership fees in the form of taxes. It means that also businesses, and members of other churches and religions, to some extent contribute financially to the church.


See also

External links

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (http://www.evl.fi/english/) - Official site





  Results from FactBites:
 
Finnish Orthodox Church — Virtual Finland (1932 words)
Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, confirmed the autonomy of the Orthodox Church of Finland in 1921.
The main church of the New Valamo monastery was consecrated in 1977.
The church is sacred to the memory of the Glorification of Christ.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m