New Age in Norway - Ingvild Sælid Gilhus

New Age in Norway - Ingvild Sælid Gilhus


New Age in Norway - Ingvild Sælid Gilhus

Ingvild Sælid Gilhus [+-]
University of Bergen
GILHUS INGVILD SÆLID is Professor in the history of religions at the University of Bergen (1988-). Research interests: late antiquity and Gnosticism, new religious movements, and theories and methods in the history of religions. Vice Dean (1988) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Bergen (1989-90) and member of the board of the Norwegian Research Council for Social Sciences and Humanities (1993-96). Member of the board of the University of Bergen (1999-), Deputy Chairman of the board of the Norwegian Research Council (2003-), Chairman of the board of Chr. Michelsen Institute. Development Studies and Human Rights (2001-), member of the board of the Bergen Festival (1999-) and member of the Executive Commitee IAHR (1999-2004). Deputy General Secretary of the Executive Committee IAHR (2005-2010). Member of the the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters in Trondheim and of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo.


This volume investigates “alternative” spiritualities that increasingly cater for the mainstream within the secularized society of Norway, making Norwegian-based research available to international scholarship. It looks at New Age both in a restricted (sensu stricto) and a wide sense (sensu lato), focusing mainly on the period from the mid 1990s and onwards, with a particular emphasis on developments after the turn of the century. Few, if any, of the ideas and practices discussed in this book are homegrown or uniquely Norwegian, but local soil and climate still matters, as habitats for particular growths and developments. Globalizing currents are here shaped and molded by local religious history and contemporary religio-political systems, along with random incidences, such as the setting up of an angel-business by the princess Märtha Louise. The position of Lutheran Protestantism as “national religion” particularly impacts on the development and perception of religious competitors.

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Gilhus, Ingvild. Contributors. New Age in Norway. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. xi-xiv Mar 2017. ISBN 9781781794173. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33125. Mar 2017

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