article you can find here. Let me quote a few lines...
For centuries, Lutheran Protestant Christianity in Northern Europe
and the US taught our ancestors that there was nothing they could do to
make God think better of them. Neither good deeds nor giving money to
the church was seen as having importance in the eyes of God. "For
Protestants, life can be good just as it is. Life does not have to be
lived in any particular ’religious’ way in order to have a good
relationship with God," says Dalsgaard.
Protestants are free from obligations to God. They don't have to live
according to strict rules. Instead they have been charged with a rather
nebulous task. "Protestants are commanded to live an ordinary
life together with other people. It is a tough task because Protestants
are not told specifically how to do this," says Dalsgaard.
As interesting as the conclusions are, let me make one caveat. He is writing from the perspective of a Lutheran culture which has long since disassociated itself from Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. This is not an orthodox Lutheran influence which has resulted in such confusion but a very liberal Lutheran identity in which a scientific world view, cutting edge social movements, sexual freedom, and a host of other causes have been embraced within the Lutheran presence in Scandinavia. There are orthodox groups within these countries but their presence and influence is still small. The Lutheranism which is described in this article is a secular oriented Lutheranism aptly demonstrated by the abysmal church attendance figures for the region and the fact that some Lutheran lands have insisted that church membership be accorded those who refuse baptism.
That said, the article well demonstrates the vacuous nature of liberal Christianity in general -- no matter where you find it. Far from clarifying anything, the distance between Scripture and Confession on one side and liberal social belief on the other has left the Church without much of an identity whatsoever and a people free to muddle themselves through the great mysteries and questions of life. In the end it is no wonder that the generic liberal Protestant answer is to live and let live, to do what is right in your own eyes, and that the highest cause is self and the highest goal for self is pleasure. Sure, it is done in moderation -- God forbid extremism in any form! But a Christless, crossless Christianity leaves little choice but an ordinary life, as well lived as it can be, as long as it does not offend anyone.