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My name is Magnus Lundberg and I’m Professor of Church and Mission Studies at the Department of Theology, Uppsala university, Sweden. Though I teach World Christianity and Church History more broadly, my own research is focused on colonial Latin American church history. I have also devoted much time to the study of Catholic traditionalism, especially sedevacantist groups and modern alternative popes (“antipopes”). Recently, however, I have developed a research project on early-nineteenth-century Sweden, focusing on the revival in the south-western parts of the country.

In this blog, I intend to publish research papers and drafts on topics that are of interest to me. Most of the articles will be in English, but some will be written in Spanish or in my mother tongue, Swedish. Some of the texts have already been published elsewhere (as books or articles), but here they will be available open-access. Some is written exclusively for this blog. These latter texts include both more substantial essays and briefer comments.

Contact: magnus.lundberg@teol.uu.se

For more information on my research and publications, see the “about-section”

For my series of articles on the Palmarian church, see the Palmarian page

For my series of articles on modern alternative popes, see the Pope page

For articles and monographs on Latin American church history, see the Church and Mission Studies page

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New Book on the Palmarian Church

FeaturedNew Book on the Palmarian Church

My new book on the Palmarian Church is now available.

Lundberg, Magnus. A Pope of Their Own: Palmar de Troya and the Palmarian Church.

Series: Uppsala Studies in Church History, volume 1.

Uppsala: Uppsala University, Department of Theology, 2017.

ISBN 978-91-984129-0-1

Full-text is available here

The book is the first volume in a series published by the Department of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden. The plan is to publish some five titles a year, including both book-length works and brief reports. The volumes are only published in digital form and are available open access.

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Palmarian Sources

Palmarian Sources

Apart from my monograph on the Palmarian Catholic Church, A Pope of their Own and many articles on the church and its teachings, I have made a large number of Palmarian doctrinal and devotional texts available on this website. Earlier, most of them were not readily available to non-Palmarians. The full-text documents can be consulted through the following links:

Pontifical Documents of Gregory XVII (1978-1980)

The Palmarian Creed (1980)

Treatise of the Mass (in Spanish; 1992)

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Text of the Palmarian History of the Popes

Text of the Palmarian History of the Popes

I have written much about the Palmarian Catholic Church, and its history and teachings. My main contribution is the monograph A Pope of their Own: El Palmar de Troya and the Palmarian Church (2017). Although based on many traditional Catholic beliefs, from its foundation in 1978 until today the Palmarian church has come to include increasingly unusual teachings in its creed. Today, for example, the Palmarians have a Bible own their own, which has replaced the traditional Bible as their most important holy scripture. Part of the Palmarian Bible is an official church history, or more precisely a history of the popes from St. Peter to the current Palmarian pope.

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The Palmarian New Testament (in German)

The Palmarian New Testament (in German)

I have written much about the Palmarian Catholic Church, and its history and teachings. My main contribution is the monograph A Pope of their Own: El Palmar de Troya and the Palmarian Church (2017). Although based on many traditional Catholic beliefs, from its foundation in 1978 until today the Palmarian church has come to include increasingly unusual teachings in its creed. Today, for example, the Palmarians have a Bible own their own, which has replaced the traditional Bible as their most important holy scripture.

The Palmarian Bible is hardly available in public libraries and it is not available online. As a service to researchers and others, I will scan the entire Sacred History or Holy Palmarian Bible. Superior Grade. According to the Infallible Magisterium of the Church. (Holy Apostolic See, El Palmar de Troya, 2012). So far, I have only scanned the Old Testament, but as soon as possible, the entire Bible in English will be available. However, below you will find an abridged German version of the Palmarian New Testament. It’s scanned from the 2013 edition: Heilige Geschichte oder heilige Palmarianische Bibel. Grundstufe gemäss dem unfehlbaren Lehramt der Kirche (Heilige Apostolische Sede, El Palmar de Troya, 408 pp).

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Palmarian Childrens’ Bible (in German)

Palmarian Childrens’ Bible (in German)

I have written much about the Palmarian Catholic Church, and its history and teachings. My main contribution is the monograph A Pope of their Own: El Palmar de Troya and the Palmarian Church (2017). Although based on many traditional Catholic beliefs, from its foundation in 1978 until today the Palmarian church has come to include increasingly unusual teachings in its creed. Today, for example, the Palmarians have a Bible own their own, which has replaced the traditional Bible as their most important holy scripture.

In another blog post, I published the Old Testament according to the Sacred History or Holy Palmarian Bible. Superior Grade. According to the Infallible Magisterium of the Church. (Holy Apostolic See, El Palmar de Troya, 2012). Apart from superior and basic versions, the Palmarians have published a Childrens’ version of the Sacred History. A colleague of mine has scanned a German edition: Heilige Geschichte oder Heilige Palmarianische Bibel. Kinderstufte gemäß dem Unfehlbahren Lehramt der Kirche (Heiliger Apostolischer Stuhl, El Palmar de Troya, 2006).

Kinderbibel p 1-125

Kinderbibel p 126-246

Palmarian Devotions

Palmarian Devotions

Here is a collection of Palmarian devotions and prayers: the Holy Penitential Rosary, the Trisagion, Daily Prayers and Miscellaneous Prayers. These versions were used in the mid-2010s, during the pontificate of Gregory XVIII (2011-2016). For a study of Palmarian history, teachings and devotions, see my monograph A Pope of their Own: El Palmar de Troya and the Palmarian Church. 

Holy Penitential Rosary

Holy Trisagion

Daily devotions

Other prayers

The Text of the​ Palmarian Bible

The Text of the​ Palmarian Bible

I have written much about the Palmarian Catholic Church, and its history and teachings. My main contribution is the monograph A Pope of their Own: El Palmar de Troya and the Palmarian Church (2017). Although based on many traditional Catholic beliefs, from its foundation in 1978 until today the Palmarian church has come to include increasingly unusual teachings in its creed. Today, for example, the Palmarians have a Bible own their own, which has replaced the traditional Bible as their most important holy scripture.

The Palmarian Bible is hardly available in public libraries and it is not available online. As a service to researchers and others, I will scan one of the English versions: the Sacred History or Holy Palmarian Bible. Superior Grade. According to the Infallible Magisterium of the Church. (Holy Apostolic See, El Palmar de Troya, 2012). So far, I have only scanned the Old Testament, but as soon as possible, the entire Bible will be available here. However, a German version of the Palmarian New Testament is available here. 

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Dan Brown and the Palmarians

Dan Brown and the Palmarians

I have studied the Palmarian Church for many years. In May 2017, I published a book on the subject and through the years I have written some twenty blog posts on El Palmar de Troya and the church’s development, structure and teaching. Interestingly enough, the Palmarian Church plays a part in bestselling author Dan Brown’s most recent book, Origin, which was published in September 2017.

Why haven’t I mentioned Origin in any blog post until now? The reason is simple. I think that it is a very bad book even by Dan Brown standards. In the afterword, the author, as always, claims that the book is based on much research. I doubt it and I wonder how it is possible to write such a boring book about such an intriguing theme as the Palmarian Church. Only Dan Brown knows and does he even care?

If you want to read something good about Brown and El Palmar, I would suggest that you read Damian Thomson’s  Dan Brown’s new target?: The creepy Catholic sect with its very own pope and ‘Vatican'”, published in The Spectator in October 2017 or why not Matthew Walther’s “Dan Brown is a very bad author”, published in The Week at about the same time.