SEGERSTEDT, Torgny. Karlstad 1.11.1876 — Göteborg 31.3.1945. Swedish Journalist and Historian of Religion. Son of Albrekt S., teacher and publisher, and Fredrika Sofia Bohman. After school in Karlstad studied theology at Lund, kand.teol. 1901. Continued studies at Uppsala and presented his diss. in 1903. Docent of Theology of History of Religions at Lund 1904-12. Dr.theol. 1912. Professor of History of Religion at Stockholm in 1913-16, beside started his career as journalist. From 1917 editor of the Göteborgs Handels och Sjöfartstidning, in Göteborg also took some important public offices, especially in education. Married 1905 with Augusta Wilhelmina Synnestvedt from Norway, their son was philosopher Torgny T. S. (1908–1999, Professor at Uppsala).
As a scholar TS was independent, even quarrelsome. In theology he was liberal, criticized by conservatives, but praised by —> Söderblom. He left scholarship in 1917, but was very active in other fields. In the 1920s he criticized Communism, but soon also Fascism and then Nazism, of which in the 1930 he was the leading and most implacable critic in Sweden.
Publications: Diss. Till frågan om polyteismens uppkomst. 1903; Den religiösa sanningsproblemet. 1912; other books on religion and history of religions.
– “Les Asuras dans la religion védique”, RHR 57:2-3, 1908, 157-203; “Själavandringslärans ursprung”, MO 4, 1910, 43-87, 111-184 (The origin of metempsychosis).
Sources: Wikipedia with photo (much more in Swedish version, with several references to Swedish sources).
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