Seminar "I met Jesus"

Welcome to a seminar at MF with the topic: “I met Jesus” - salvation in a secular age.


07.12.2016 - 09:30 to 15:00

NB: The seminar will in Norwegian language - translation into English will be given for some sessions.

Charlotte Rørth, a non believing journalist, says she unexpectedly met Jesus in Spain in 2009. The bible tells us that the same thing happened with the fanatical Jesus opponent Paul in Damascus in the year 33.

Is there a connection?

Paul lived in a age where people knew God and expected him to control the history. Rørth lives in a age where people expects God - probably - not to exist.

What significance does the context have for reflection and the communication of the meeting with Jesus? Can the religions psychology contribute to shed light over these experiences?

Welcome to the seminar at MF. December 7th, 2016, Time 9:30 - 15:00!


09:30 Coffee and registration

10:00 Welcome remarks and opening. Charlotte Rørth: "I met Jesus"

11:25 Karl Olav Sandnes: "Most recently he appeared to me" Pauls experience in Damascus"

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Silje Kvamme Bjørndal:" Can secular people meet Jesus?"

13:30 Leif Gunnar Engedal:"The will decision or self surrender". Repentance in religion-psychological perspective.

14:15  Panel Discussion

15:00 Closing

CHARLOTTE RØRTH ​ is a Journalist in Nordjyske stiftstidende and a writer in Information, Copenhagen.The Debut book " I met Jesus" was sold out in tree days and was released in many other countries.

KARL OLAV SANDNES  is a professor and leader of The New Testament department at MF. He dissertated on a thesis on Paul's self-understanding. He has written numerous contributions of the topic, including " To the understanding of Paul and his theology".

LEIF GUNNAR ENGEDAL is a professor emeritus of religious psychology with MF. Has worked extensively with the image of God, humanity and identity theory, particularly related to post-modernity. 

SILJE KVAMME BJØRNDAL is a research fellow at MF and recently defended a thesis on "The church in a secular age". Currently working on a book about the theme.

Foto: PMRMaeyaert/Creative Commons


NOK 400,- including lunch. Students NOK 100,- (excluding lunch)

Deadline: December 3rd.


Charlotte Rørth

Karl Olav Sandnes

Leif Gunnar Engedal

​Silje Kvamme Bjørndal