Books and theology
New publishing house 2020
Spricka förlag is a publishing house located in Malmö, Sweden. We started our business in the spring of 2020. With the help of a network of qualified people — who work in both church and society as well as academia and the media — our goal is to have a broad publication that can give room for imagination, thoughtfulness and hope. A special emphasis is on Christian theology. But since we have a postsecular perspectivev, such a theology is about “God and everything else”.
What do we want?
We hope that our publication will be able to…
Stimulate an imagination that breaks through closedness and fear, thereby encouraging openness, wonder and joy.
Uphold a thoughtfulness that challenges thoughtlessness and self-assurance, thereby contributing to listening, conversation and dialogue.
Awaken a hope that can see the light that can shine through cracks and the opportunities that can be born in the tears.
a grand little publisher
Who are we?
Spricka förlag is part of Inmedit AB. The CEO and publisher is Bengt Rasmusson. Bengt is a media consultant and theologian (studies at Örebro Theological University and Umeå University).
As contributors, advisors and critics (and sometimes as writers), the publisher has the privilege of having several qualified people attached to itself. Together they form an editorial board. It is these individuals that make the publisher and its publishing much more interesting than it would be on its own.
The editorial board includes:
Annika Carlstein, cityplanner.
Arne Rasmusson, professor in systematic theology at University of Gothenburg and extraordinary professor in the Theological Faculty at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
Birgitta Rasmusson, pastor at Hyllie Park Kyrkan, Malmö.
Carl-Magnus Carlstein, doctoral student in the New Testament at Uppsala University.
Fredrik Wenell, associate Professor of systematic theology at the Academy of Leadership and Theology, Örebro, and co-owner of the company We Are Mountain, a company that works with leadership in companies, organizations and associations..
Maria Ledstam, doctoral student in ethics at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway.
Roland Spjuth, lecturer in systematic theology at Örebro Theological University and at Academy of Leadership and Theology in Malmö, as well as associate professor in systematic theology at Lund University.
Samuel Åsberg, Master of Systematic Theology at Åbo Akademi.
What's in a name?
Why is the publisher named “Spricka” förlag (= Cracks publishing)? Well, there are many reasons. But the main reason is that the name suggests some basic beliefs or convictions that we hope to be reflected in our publishing. Some of these beliefs can be seen in the quotes below.
God in the crack
Without its cracks my world would be
a room without a view..
Cracks may be uncomfortable, disturbing gaps
Could it be I need them?
Do you believe in cracks?
Because I keep looking for God in the room
And find he is hiding in the cracks.
— Dave Bookless, from the poem “Cracks” (1990)
Live with a crack
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen, from the song “Anthem” (1992)
Create a crack
The challenge of hope is the introduction into a closed age, into a tight security, into an autocephalous organisation, into an autonomous economic system, into totalitarian politics, of an opening, a breach, a heteronomy, an uncertainty, and a question.
— Jacques Ellul, Hope in Time of Abandonment (1973/1972)
Joy as a rupture (crack)
Grace has a grand laughter in it.
—Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)
Joy is the disposition that comes from our realization that we can trust in surprises to sustain our lives.
— Stanley Hauerwas, The Peacable Kingdom (1983)