"Plurality – of perspectives, principles, and persons – is a fact, not an option. So is the intense religiosity of millions amidst a 'secular age.' Safstrom's measured and finely written study of Waldenström not only vindicates a largely forgotten thinker, preacher, and politician, but makes one of the best cases I have read for pluralism as an ethic fit for the facts of plurality, and Christianity as a basis for democracy."
Ned O'Gorman, Conrad Humanities Professorial Scholar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
In the nineteenth century, Sweden went through a fundamental social and economic transformation and by the mid-twentieth century, it had emerged as an influential model of social progress. In this fresh and insightful book, Safstrom highlights the interrelations between religion and politics for these processes."
Dag Blanck, Swedish Institute for North American Studies, Department of English at Uppsala University