Torbjörn Aronson is Dean, Associate Professor and Th.D. in Church History and Ph.D. in Political Science. He has taught and conducted research at several universities during approximately three decades. He is married to Lena. They have one daughter, Maria, and the family lives in Uppsala.

His passion for Christian faith and society has also been expressed in a longtime political involvement at the local level, f.ex. as member of Uppsala City Council (1998-2002, 2006-2012), Uppsala City Board (1998-2001, 2006-2010) and vice chairman of the Committe for Education and Labor market, Uppsala (2006-2014). He has published five scholarly monographs and several major popular books on the history of Pentecostalism and Swedish revivals.

»My great interest is the relationship between Christian faith, culture and society in a historical and contemporary perspective, in theory and in practice«

Torbjörn Aronson was born 1963 and grew up in a Pentecostal family in the south of Sweden. As a young person he met the Charismatic revival and the faith teaching and felt a calling to be involved in Christian pioneer work. After graduating with a B.Sc. in Political Science (1985), he took part in a church plant in a suburb of Malmo. At this time he also began doctoral studies at the University of Lund. He graduated in 1990, at the age of 27, with a Ph.D. in Political Science, having published a major doctoral dissertation with the title Conservatism and Democacy. In this book he analyzed perceptions of political democracy among the leaders of the Swedish Right during the 20th century.

1989-1990 Torbjörn Aronson studied at Word of Life Bible Center. 1990 he became instructor of History and Social science when a new Christian high school was begun by his church. At the same time he continued to teach Political Science at near by Uppsala University. 1993 he published his second scholarly monograph, which was a study of the political thought of the leader of the Swedish Conservatives in the 1930s and 1940s, Gösta Bagge.

1994-97 Torbjörn Aronson took on the responsibility of being Principal of the Christian high school of Word of Life, while also taking part in teaching at Livets Ord University. Livets Ord University was founded by its president, Ulf Ekman, in 1994 and Torbjörn Aronson taught many of the courses offered in Political Science and History during the following decade. He became Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1997-2005.
His interest in theology grew, which led to theological studies at Uppsala University 2002-2004, graduating with a M.Div. In 2005 he began as a doctoral student in Church History at Åbo akademi, Finland, and continued 2006 with the same assignment at Uppsala University. In 2008 he graduated with a Th.D. in Church History, his dissertation being a biographical study of one of the leaders of the Church of Sweden in the 20th century, Manfred Björkquist.

After finishing his doctoral studies, Torbjörn Aronson has been a full time-researcher and Senior Lecturer in Church History at Uppsala university, while also continuing teaching at Livets Ord Theological Seminary. In 2014 he published a second major monograph on Swedish church history, dealing Lutheran High Church-theology and church politics in the late 19th century. In 2015 he received the title of Associate Professor of Church History (in Swedish Docent i kyrkohistoria) at Uppsala University.

Torbjörn Aronson

Torbjörn Aronson

Dean and Associate Professor in: Church History, Ecclesiology, Humanities

Degrees/Credentials:

  • Associate Professor of Church History (Uppsala University)
  • Th. D. Church History (Uppsala University)
  • Ph.D. Political Science (Lund University)
  • Ph.L. Political Science (Lund University)
  • B.S. Political Science (Lund University)
  • Master of Divinity, (Uppsala University)

Contact:

torbjorn.aronson@teol.se

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