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Haugeanism Between Liberalism And Traditionalism In Norway, 1796–1845

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This chapter focuses on Hauge movement and its founding father, the lay preacher Hans Nielsen Hauge. Hauge is a rather mythical person in the Norwegian history. Among church historians, he has been a religious hero to a degree that the political and theological radicalism of his message has been marginalized. Several secular historians have included Hauge in their description of modern Norwegian history, but their main emphasis has been on the religious leader as a political and social actor. It is hard to find a single person or movement that has been more intensely described and discussed in Norway's modern Church history than Hans Nielsen Hauge and the Haugean movement. Hans Nielsen Hauge's activities were indeed surprising and astonishing, and not only in the eyes of the authorities. The Haugean politicians were definitely not liberal in their more general views on religion and society, but rather traditionalists.

Keywords: Hans Nielsen Hauge; Hauge movement; Norway's modern Church



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