Svein Ellingsen is the most prominent Norwegian hymn writer in our time. The present article analyzes the theology of his hymns in the hymnbook of the Church of Norway. Theologically, the hymns reflect the eschatological turn in systematic theology from the 1960s. Rather than anchoring the Christian hope in a transcendent heaven, this turn means an orientation towards the future, to the coming Kingdom of God. Through Jesus, the presence of the Kingdom is already now present in the world, even if it is not yet fully realized. The hidden presence of the coming Kingdom is an essential motive in Ellingsen’s hymns, and the article shows that his motive is combined with a strong sacramental theology and a strong theology of creation.
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