Gustaf Knös och hans värld

Gustaf Knös och hans värld

Gustaf Knös (1773–1828) var i tur och ordning professor i grekiska och österländska språk i Uppsala, men också verksam som församlingspräst och swedenborgskt övertygad författare. Mot slutet av sitt liv sammanfattade han sina teologiska grundidéer i en bok med den fantasieggande titeln Samtal med mig sjelf om werlden, menniskan och Gud (1824), som efter en kritisk recension följdes upp av den dubbelt så omfattande skriften Försök att utreda några wiktiga frågor (1827).

Min artikel är emellertid ingen ingående studie av Gustaf Knös som teolog. Fokus här ligger istället på Gustaf Knös utbildning studier och hans verksamhet som vetenskapare, främst som orientalist. Dessutom behandlar jag kärleken i hans liv. Huvudkällorna är brev och dagboksanteckningar, men också andra dokument, inte minst ansökningshandlingarna till professurerna är väsentliga.




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.


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

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.

Abstract: A Pope of Their Own

In 2018, fifty years will have passed since the first reports of Marian apparitions in El Palmar de Troya in Spanish Andalusia. It will also be the fortieth anniversary of the coronation of the seer Clemente Domínguez Gómez as Pope Gregory XVII, and the consequent foundation of the Palmarian Catholic Church. Still, placing the papal tiara on his head was only seen as a human act of confirmation. He asserted that Christ himself had crowned him just after the death of Pope Paul VI.

This book provides a broad overview of the history of the apparitions at El Palmar de Troya and the church that became its main result. It also includes a more systematic analysis of the church’s increasingly unusual doctrines and rituals. Through the study, I try to answer two underlying questions: First, which factors contributed to the foundation of the Palmarian Church?  Second, how has the church survived and developed through its four decades of existence?