Halvard Johannessen

Associate Professor - Fagseksjonen
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Phone +47 22850335
Room 208
Visiting address Blindernveien 9 Domus Theologica 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1023 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

My interests concern the dynamics between religious change, especially in Church of Norway, and cultural change. My dissertation (2017) was a study of how current trends in Christian spirituality within Church of Norway implicitly reflected the cultural images and ideals of the secular age. I like to explore the (often implicit) theologies that are embedded in practices, and to engage them in contextual as well as critical theological reflection. Most of my work belong to practical theology and public theology.

Courses taught


After studying theology and intellectual history at the University of Oslo, I was ordained in 2003. I served as a chaplain in the northern town of Hammerfest from 2003 to 2007. I have thought courses on graduate and post-graduate programs in practical theology at the University since 2007. I started as Lecturer at Practical Theological Seminary, and have been Associate Professor at the Faculty of Theology since 2017. 


  • Editor of Nytt norsk kirkeblad (https://www.tf.uio.no/forskning/publikasjoner/nytt-norsk-kirkeblad/

Positions held

  • Associate Professor in Practical Theology
  • Leader of practical theological training
Tags: Practical Theology, Systematic Theology, Contextual Theology, Dogmatics, Ecclesiology, Hermeneutics, Pastoral Theology
Published June 19, 2017 12:06 PM - Last modified Nov. 5, 2020 10:17 AM