Completed Doctorate Degrees

Since 1991 the following have been awarded the Dr. Theol./Ph.D. in the field of Theology or  a Ph.D. in the field of Religious Studies at​ MF Norwegian School of Theology​:

See a list of all the doctorate degrees that have been awarded at MF:

123. Gunhild Maria Hugdal
Disputation 09.06.21 Thesis: "The right choice and the free choice: An empirical ethical contribution to a Christian, feminist ethic of reproductive justice". Associate professor dr. Aana Marie Vigen, Chicago (1), and Associate professor dr. Marianne Kjelsvik, Ålesund. (2). Professor dr. Jan-Olav Henriksen chair of the committee.

122. Kenneth Ellefsen
Disputation 08.06.21 Thesis: "Én dåp i to former? En økumenisk studie av muligheten for å oppnå differensiert konsensus i dåpsteologien mellom baptister og lutheranere i skandinavisk kontekst.". Docent dr. Sune Fahlgren, Stockholm (1) and Professor dr. Niels Henrik Gregersen, Copenhagen (2). Associate professor dr. Kristin Graff-Kallevåg chair of the committee.

121. Hilde Marie Øgreid Movafagh
Disputation 03.05.21 Thesis: "Broadening the Perspective: Prevenient Grace in Contemporary Methodist Theology". Professor dr. Wendy Farley, Redlands (1), and Researcher dr. Michael Nausner, Uppsala. (2). Professor dr. Harald Hegstad chair of the committee. 

120. Linn Sæbø Rystad
Disputation 12.03.21 Thesis: "Overestimated and Underestimated: A Case Study of the Practice of Preaching for Children with an Emphasis on Children’s Role as Listeners". Lektor dr. Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen, Copenhagen (1), and Docent dr. Theo Pleizier, Groningen (2). Associate professor dr. Knut Tveitereid chair of the committee.

119. Kristin Skarning Eriksson
Disputation 30.10.20 Thesis: "Rights and Values: Interpretive Repertoires in a Norwegian Public Debate about Religion and Governance". Professor dr. Mia Lövheim, Stockholm (1) and dr. Helge Årsheim, Oslo (2). Associate professor dr. Marielle Stigum Gleiss chair of the committee.

118. Ingvild Engh Wattø 
Disputation 29.10.20 Thesis: "Low-threshold Services for Individuals in Crisis: A qualitative study of the support offered by a diaconal suicide prevention crisis line in Norway and volunteers’ role in service-delivery from the perspectives of Kirkens SOS volunteers and callers." Ph.D. Peter LaCour, Danmark (1) and Ph.D. Erlend Mork, Oslo (2). Associate professor dr. Gry Stålsett chair of the committee.

117. Einar Eidsaa Edland 
Disputation 16.06.20 Thesis: ”Towards another self story. Religion, self and transformation in VITA patients." Professor dr. Stephen Pattison, Birmingham (1), and associate professor dr. Sigrid Helene Kjørven Haug, Hamar (2). Professor dr. Lars Johan Danbolt chair of the committee.

116. Hege Kristin Ringnes
Disputation 29.05.20 Thesis: "Emotion regulation strategies and future prospects among Jehova’s Witnesses: A qualitative study of Norwegian members of an end-time focused religious group." Professor dr. Sebastian Murken, Marburg (1), and professor dr. Valerie DeMarinis, Uppsala (2). Professor dr. Jan-Olav Henriksen chair of the committee.

115. Brandt C. Klawitter
Disputation 16.12.19 Thesis: "A Forceful and Fruitful Verse:Textual and Contextual Studies on Genesis 1:28 in Luther and the Wittenberg Reformation (1521-1531)." Professor dr. Irene Dingel, Mainz (1) and Associate Professor dr. Sivert Angel, Oslo (2). Associate Professor dr. Eivor A. Oftestad chair of the committee.

114. Inge Andersland
Disputation 04.10.19 Thesis: "Religion Education, Religious and National Identity, and the Purpose of Education." Professor dr. Kerstin von Brömssen, Trollhättan (1) and professor dr. Geir Skeie, Stavanger (2). Professor dr. Geir Afdal chair of the committee.

113. Audun Toft
Disputation 13.09.19 Thesis: "Conflict and Entertainment: Media Influence on Religious Education in Upper Secondary School in Norway." Dr. Johanna Sumiala, Helsinki (1), and professor dr. Jenny Berglund, Stockholm (2). Associate professor dr. Lars Laird Iversen chair of the committee.

112. Cato Gulaker
Disputation 13.06.19 Thesis: "Satan, the Heavenly Adversary of Man: A Narrative Analysis of the Function of Satan in the Book of Revelation." Professor dr. (1) Paul Middleton, Chester, and Professor dr. Gabriella Gelardini, Bodø (2). Professor dr. Karl Olav Sandnes chair of the committee.

111. Steinunn A. Björnsdottir
Disputation 24.05.19. Thesis: "Reforming Pastors: A study on Reforms and Attempted Reforms in the ELCI with a Focus on the Role of the Pastors." Associate professor dr. Kirsten Donskov Felter, Aarhus (1) and Professor dr. Harald Askeland, Oslo (2). Associate professor dr. Fredrik Saxegaard chair of the committee.

110. Hildegunn Valen Kleive
Disputation 10.05.19. Thesis: "Not that religious: A study of young Tamil religiosity in north-western Norway". Associate professor dr. Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger, Aarhus (1) and professor dr. Øivind Fuglerud, Oslo (2). Postdoc dr. Gina Lende chair of the committee. 

109. Håkon Sunde Pedersen
Disputation 11.01.19. Thesis: "The Retributive and Suffering God of the Book of Jeremiah: A Study of YHWH’s ʻĀzab-Complaints." Senior Lecturer dr. Else Kragelund Holt, Aarhus (1), and Senior Lecturer dr. David Reimer, Edinburgh/St.Andrews (2). Professor dr. Gard Granerød chair of the committee.

108. Burkhard Kunkel
Disputation 23.11.18. Thesis: "Mitteldinge: Lutherische Kirchen mit ihren Ausstattungen des 16. Jahrhunderts – eine Geschichte der materiellen Kultur." Professor dr. Krista Kodres, Tallinn (1), and professor dr. Sabine Hiebsch, Kampen (2). Professor dr. Otfried Czaika chair of the committee.

107. Klaus Vibe
Disputation 03.09.18. Thesis: "The Spirit of Faith: A Comparative Study of Philo’s and Paul’s Reading of the Abraham Story". Professor dr. John M.G. Barclay, Durham (1), and professor dr. Gitte Buch-Hansen, Copenhagen (2). Professor dr. Karl Olav Sandnes chair of the committee.

106. Andrew Ratanya Mukaria
Disputation 12.06.18. Thesis: "Towards Constructive Ecotheology: The Mau Forest Complex and the Response of the Church." Dr. Ben Knighton, Oxford (1) and professor dr. Mika Vähäkangas, Lund (2). Professor dr. Marion Grau, chair of the committee.

105. Daniela Lucia Rapisarda
Disputation 08.05.18. Thesis: ”Theology of Inculturation and Liberation In the People to People Peacemaking Process in Southern Sudan (1997-2002).” Professor dr. Kajsa Ahlstrand, Uppsala (1), and professor dr. Peter Lodberg, Aarhus (2). Professor dr. Marion Grau, chair of the committee

104. Johan Lövgren
Disputation 04.05.18. Thesis: ”The Reflective Community: Learning processes in Norwegian folk high schools”. Professor dr. Anne Line Wittek, Oslo (1) and professor dr. Staffan Larsson, Linköping (2). Professor dr. Claudia Lenz, chair of the committee.

103. Per Kristian Aschim
Disputation 20.04.18. Thesis: ”Herskende religion i den kristelige stat: Den statsteoretiske diskursen om religion og stat med henblikk på norsk religionspolitikk i 1840-årene”.  Professor dr. Lisbet Christoffersen, Roskilde (1) and professor dr. Ingunn Folkestad Breistein, Kristansand (2). Dr. John Kaufman, chair of the committee.

102. Matthew P. Monger
Disputation 05.03.18. Thesis: "4Q216: Rethinking Jubilees in the First Century BCE". Trial Lecture: "An account and evaluation of one or all of the mss that used to be labelled 'Pseudo-Jubilees'. How do they (re-)shape thinking about Hebrew Jubilees, and possibly other texts?" Professor dr. Loren T. Stuckenbruck, München (1) and professor dr. Charlotte Hempel, Birmingham (2). Professor dr. Kristin Joachimsen, chair of the committee.

101. Christine Henriksen Aarflot
Disputation 02.03.18. Thesis: ”God (in) Acts: A Narrative Analysis of the Characterization of God through God’s Actions in the Acts of the Apostles". Trial Lecture: "The Descent and Ascent of the Son in John's Gospel". Professor dr. Matthew L. Skinner, St. Paul (1) and professor dr. Loveday Alexander, Sheffield (2). Professor dr. Reidar Hvalvik, chair of the committee.

100. Nils Hallvard Korsvoll
Disputation 18.12.17. Thesis: ”Reconsidering ‘Christian’: Context and Categorisation in the Study of Syriac Amulets and Incantation Bowls”​. Trial Lecture: "Perspectives on the Development  of Christianity in Mesopotamia in the fifth and sixth century".​ Professor Dr. David Frankfurter, Boston (1) and Professor Dr. Erica C.D. Hunter, London (2). Professor Dr. Kristin Bliksrud Aavitsland​, chair of the committee.

99. Hilde Lausund
Disputation 11.12.17. Thesis: Contracted Care: An Ethnographic Study of Home Care Nursing in Norway. Trial lecture: Discuss the clinical and organizational implications of conceptualizing the provision of home care nursing services as negotiated contracted care. Associate professor dr. Christine Ceci, Alberta (1) and professor dr. Marit Kirkevold, Oslo (2). Professor dr. Gunnar Heiene, chair of the committee.

98. Kristina Berg Torskenæs
Disputation 1.12.17. Thesis: ”The Spiritual Dimension in Nursing: A Mixed Method Study on Patients and Health Professionals”. Trial lecture: The concept of spirituality - a critical analysis of its use in modern health research literature. Professor Dr. Niels Christian Hvidt, Odense (1) and Assistant Professor Dr. Cecilia Melder, Uppsala (2). Professor em. dr. Leif Gunnar Engedal, chair of the committee.

97. Fredrik Saxegaard
Disputation 25.09.17. Thesis: ”Realizing church: Parish pastors as contributors to leadership in congregations.” Trial lecture: Why is an academic education necessary to lead a Christian congregation? Professor Dr. Kati Tervo-Niemelä, Helsinki (1)
and Professor Dr. Henk de Roest, Groeningen (2). Professor dr. Lars Johan Danbolt, chair of the committee.

96. Harald Aarbakke 
Disputation 15.06.17. Thesis: The importance of Being the Eldest Brother and Its Relevance for New Testament Christology. Trial lecture: Hvilken relevans har nytestamentlig kristologi for teologisk refleksjon i vår tid? Committee: Professor Dr. Reidar Aasgaard, Oslo (1) and Associate Professor Dr. Anna Rebecca Solevåg, Stavanger (2). Professor Dr. Karl Olav Sandnes, chair of the committee.

95. Kirsten Tornøe
Disputation 05.05.17. Thesis: The Challenge of Consolation: A qualitative study of nurses’ experiences with practicing and teaching spiritual and existential care for the dying.Trial lecture: Spiritual competence and nursing skills needed in institutional care for the dying in contemporary multi-religious Norway. Committee: Professor Dr. John Swinton, University of Aberdeen (1), professor dr. Astrid Norberg, Umeå University (2). Associate Professor Dr. Gry Stålsett, chair of the committee.

94. Ingunn Aadland
Disputation 19.12.16. Thesis: Seek and Find. A Rereading of 4QSapiental Work (4Q185). Trial lecture: Prayer in Jewish Literature from the Late Third Century BCE to the Turn of the Era. Committee: Research fellow dr. Jutta Jokiranta, Helsinki (1) and professor dr. Torleif Elgvin, Oslo (2). Professor dr. Gard Granerød, chair of the committee.

93. Dorcas Kanana Muketha
Disputation 23.11.16. Thesis: Ameru Women’s Spirituality: Negotiation of Spiritual Practices among Methodist and Pentecostal Church Christian women in Igembe Constituency.  Trial lecture:​ Health, suffering and healing. A systematic-theological reflection with special reference to an African cultural context. Committee: Professor dr. Jesse Mugambi, Nairobi (1) and Associate Professor dr. Kari Storstein Haug, Stavanger (2). Professor em. dr. Leif Gunnar Engedal​, chair of the Committe.

92. Robert Lilleaasen
​Disputation 30.09.16. Thesis: "Old Paths and New Ways: A Case Study of the Negotiation between Tradition and the Quest for Relevance in Two Worship practices." Trial lecture: Norwegian religiosity in a postmodern age, changes and challenges. Committee: Opponents Professor Dr. Martin Stringer, Swansea University (1) and Professor Dr. Bernice Sundkvist, Åbo Academy University (2). Professor Dr. Pete Ward​, chair of the Committee. 

91. Frida Austvoll Nome
Disputation 10.06.16. Thesis: "Making Islam in times of crisis: The Friday sermon and the Syrian uprising." Trial lecture: Islam in times of war: An analysis of two scholarly sermons/statements from the later stages of the Syrian conflict​. Commitee: Opponents university lecturer dr. Thomas Pierret, University of Edinburgh (1) and professor dr. Susanne Olsson, University of Stockholm (2). Professor dr. Kjetil Fretheim, chair of the Committee.

90. Harald Askeland
Disputation 04.03.16. Thesis: ”Hverdagsledelse: Diakoni, verdier og ledelse i praksis". Trial lecture: Hvilke særegne kjennetegn har trosbaserte velferdsprodusenter innenfor helse-/sosialsektoren? Hvilke troselementer i slike organisasjoner samsvarer med involverte profesjoners verdier, og hvilke står i motsetning til dem? Hvordan ser de framtidige mulighetene ut for trosbaserte helsetiltak i slike organisasjoners regi?​  Committee: Opponents Professor Dr. Bengt Kristensson Uggla, Åbo/Uppsala (1)​ and Professor Dr. Rebecka Arman, Göteborg (2). Professor II Dr. Håkon W. Lorentzen, Chair of the Committee.

89. Silje Kvamme Bjørndal
Disputation 17.12.15. Thesis: "The Church in a Secular Age: A Pneumatological Reconstruction of Stanley Hauerwas’ Ecclesiology". Trial lecture: "Sacramental Practices in a Secular Age". Committee: Opponents Professor Dr. Amos Yong, Fuller Theological Seminary (1) and Professor Dr. Ulla Schmidt, Aarhus Universitet (2). Professor Dr. Jan-Olav Henriksen, Chair of the Committee.

88. Eskil Skjeldal
Disputation 15.12.15. Thesis: "Ethics and the Creator of Love and Trust: A Comparative and Constructive Reading of the Theological Dimensions in the Ethics of Knud E. Løgstrup and Søren Aa. Kierkegaard”. Trial lecture: "Drøft gudsriketankens betydning for kristen etikk". Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Pia Søltoft, København (1) and Professor Dr. Svein Aage Christoffersen, Oslo (2). Professor Dr. Gunnar Heiene, Chair of the Committee.

87. Sigrid Helene Kjørven Haug
​Disputation 16.10.15. Thesis:”The illness experiences of older people with incurable cancer in specialized palliative health care contexts. A qualitative study in clinical psychology of religion of the interactions between daily living and existential meaning–making.” Trial lecture: "Relationship and differences between religious, spiritual, and existential care. Possible individual-, cultural- and time sensitive interventions​." Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. James W. Jones, Rutgers University, second opponent Professor Niels Christian Hvidt, Universitetet i sør-Danmark. Professor Gry Stålsett, Chair of the Committee.

86. Marianne Rodriguez Nygaard
Disputation 09.10.15. Thesis: ”Caring to know or knowing to care? Knowledge Creation and Care in Deacons’ Professional Practice in the Church of Norway." Trial lecture: "Reflective Practice of Diakonia from the Margins: Professional and Ecclesiological Implications". ​​Committee: Opponents Professor Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, Boston (1) og Professor Dr. Hans Stifoss-Hanssen, Oslo (2). Professor Dr. Kjetil Fretheim, Chair of the Committee.

85. Ingvild Røsok ​
Disputation 25.09.15. Thesis: "The Reality of Love: A Critical and Constructive Analysis of Karl Rahner’s Theology of Love." Trial lecture: "Kirken som kjærlighetens institusjon". Committee: Opponents Professor Dr. Werner Jeanrond, Oxford (1) and Docent Karin Johannesson, Uppsala (2). Professor Dr. Terje Hegertun, Chair of the Committee.

84. Morten Holmqvist
​Disputation 12.06.15. Thesis: "Learning Religion in Confirmation: Mediating the Material Logics of Religion. An ethnographic case study of religious learning in confirmation within the church of Norway.​" Trial lecture: "Youth, culture and Christianity. How young people's lived religion are changing churches in Europe." Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Hubertus Roebben, Dortmund,  Second Opponent Dr. Kerstin von Brömssen, Gøteborg og Karlstad. Professor Dr. Lars Laird Iversen, Chair of the Committee.

83. Hilde Brekke Møller
​Disputation 13.05.15. Thesis: "The Vermes Quest: The Significance of Geza Vermes for Jesus Research." Trial lecture: "The Passion Predictions and the Historical Jesus." Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Helen Bond, Edinburgh, Second Opponent Professor Dr. Craig A. Evans, Acadia, Nova Scotia. Professor Dr. Karl Olav Sandnes, Chair of the Committee.

82. Gina Lende
​Disputation 13.03.15. Thesis: "Sound Scholarship and Moral Responsibility: Current Dilemmas in Research on Religion and Politics in Conflict-Ridden Contexts". Trial lecture: "The Rise of Pentecostal Power: Exploring the politics of Pentecostal growth in Nigeria and Guatemala". Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Kajsa Ahlstrand, Upppsala and Professor Dr. Torkel Brekke, Oslo. Professor Dr. Sturla Stålsett, Chair of the Committee.

81. Kristin Graff-Kallevåg 
Disputation 27.02.15. Thesis: "The Triune God and Baptism: An Analysis and Discussion of the Relationship between the Trinity and Baptism in the Theology of Robert W. Jenson and Catherine M. LaCugna". Trial lecture: "Children of God? Dogmatic reflections on the soteriological status of unbaptized children". Committee: First Opponent Professor Marit Trelstad, Tacoma, WA  ​, Second Opponent Professor Dr. Markus Mühling, Lüneburg. Professor Dr.Harald Hegstad, Chair of the Committee.

80. Kim Larsen
Disputation 06.02.15. Thesis: "Transformasjon som overgivelse – en analyse av Wilfrid Stinissenskarmelittiske spiritualitet". Trial lecture: "Spiritualitet og teologi i den karmelittiske tradisjonen.​" Committee: First Opponent Professor Gösta Hallonsten, Lund ​, Second Opponent Professor Dr. Henny Fiskå Hägg, Kristiansand​. Professor Dr.  Tone Stangeland Kaufman, Chair of the Committee.

79. Anne Austad
​Disputation 16.01.15. Thesis: ”Passing Away – Passing by: A Qualitative Study of Experiences and Meaning Making of Post Death Presence”. Trial lecture: "In what way can theology contribute to the psychological investigation of anomalous experiences?" Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Hetty Zock, Groningen, second opponent Dr.  Peter la Cour, Gudhjem. Professor Dr. Jan-Olav Henriksen, Chair of the Committee.

78. Ingrid Christine Reite
​Disputation 16.12.14. Thesis: ”Between Settling and Unsettling in a Changing Knowledge Society: The Professional Learning Trajectories of Pastors”. Trial lecture: “What are the educational challenges within the Church of Norway and how can these be met?" Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Jan Nespor, Columbus, OH, Second Opponent Dr. Jonas Ideström, Uppsala. Professor Dr. Trine Anker, MF, Chair of the Committee.

77. Gunnar Innerdal
Disputation 15.12.14. Thesis: ”Spirit and Truth: A Systematic Reconstruction of Hans von Balthasar’sDoctrine of the Spirit of Truth and its Connections to the Philosophy and Theology of Truth by the Theoretical Framework of Lorenz B. Puntel”. Trial lecture: “The Eucharist in the context of the Trinity:Epiclesis and ecumenism."​ Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Karen E. Kilby, Durham, Second Opponent ProfessorDr. Eugene Rogers, North Carolina, Professor Terje Hegertun, MF, Chair of the Committee.

76. Ole Jakob Filtvedt
Disputation 13.06.2014. Thesis: ”The Identity of Israel and the Paradox of Hebrews”. Trial lecture: "The Identity of 'God's Israel' (Gal 6:16) in the letter to the Galatians." Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Larry Hurtado, Edinburgh, Second Opponent Docent Dr. Mikael Tellbe, Örebro, and Associate Professor Dr. Geir Otto Holmås, MF, Chair of the Committee.

75. Ole Kolbjørn Kjørven
Disputation 23.05.2014. Thesis: "RE Teachers' Religious Literacy: A Qualitative Analysis of RE Teachers' Interpretations of the Biblical Narrative The Prodigal Son". Trial lecture: "Literature and biblical hermeneutics: Opportunities and challenges at the intersection of text theories and analytical methods from various traditions." Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Frank A. Rogers jr., Claremont, Second Opponent Associate Professor Dr. Astri Ramsfjell, Trondheim, and Professor Dr. Sverre Dag Mogstad, MF, Chair of the Committee.

74. Svein E. Sando
Disputation 09.05.2014. Thesis: "Barn, IKT og etikk. En studie i digital etisk dannelse, med norske barnehager som case." Trial lecture: ”Makt- og kjønnsperspektiver på bruk av IKT i barnehagen.” Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Svend Andersen, Aarhus, Second Opponent Professor Dr. Helje Kringlebotn Sødal, Kristiansand, and Professor Dr. Kjetil Fretheim, MF, Chair of the Committee.

73. Kaberia Isaac Kubai
Disputation 23.08.2013. Thesis: ”Just Reconciliation: The Church’s Response to Ethno-Political Violence in Kenya.”  Trial lecture: "The role of the church in just reconciliation processes in the aftermath of ethno-political violence. - An international comparative perspective." Committee: First Opponent Professor Dr. Martha Frederiks, Utrecht, Second Opponent Associate Professor Dr. Terje Mesel, Kristiansand, and Associate Professor Dr. Roar Fotland, MF, Chair of the Committee.

72.  Raymond Lillevik
Disputation 16.08.2013. Thesis: ”Apostates, Hybrids, or True Jews? Jewish Christian and Jewish Identity in Eastern Europe 1860-1914.” Trial lecture: ”Kristologi og torah-overholdelse blant messianske jøder i dag - en lesning av Richard Harvey: Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology.” Committee: Dr. Kai Kjær-Hansen, Lystrup, Danmark, Second Opponent Professor Dr. Torstein Jørgensen, Stavanger, and Associate Professor Dr. Kristin Norseth, MF, Chair of the Committee.

71. Roald Iversen
Disputas  fredag 26.04.2013. Avhandlingen "Barmhjertighet og frigjøring. Sjelesorg som kritisk hermeneutisk praksis. Refleksjoner i grenselandet mellom teologi og filosofi". Prøveforelesning over oppgitt emne: "Hva kan den praktiserende sjelesørger lære av nyere empiriske undersøkelser om religion og tro i Norge?". Førsteopponent universitetslektor Hans Raun Iversen, København. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Paul Leer-Salvesen, Kristiansand. Professor Dr. Gunnar Heiene er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

70. Torgeir Sørensen
Disputas 30.11.2012. Avhandlingen ”Epidemological studies of religious behaviours and health in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT 3), Norway”. Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Resultater av empirisk forskning på religion og folkehelse: Implikasjoner for teologi og sjelesorg". Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Valerie DeMarinis, Uppsala. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Vinjar M. Fønnebø, Tromsø. Professor Dr. Hans Stifoss-Hanssen er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

69. Oddgeir Synnes
Disputas 31.05-01.06.2012. Avhandlingen "Forteljing som identitetskonstruksjon ved alvorleg sjukdom: Ein hermeneutisk analyse av alvorleg sjuke og døyande sine forteljingar". Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Drøft kva for rolle kulturelt funderte narrative konvensjonar spelar i utforminga av personlege livsforteljingar".Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Narrativ empati: Bob Dylan som historieforteljar i møte med lidande menneske". Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Per Koren Solvang, Oslo. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Karin Sporre, Umeå. Professor Dr. Leif Gunnar Engedal er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

68. Reidar Salvesen
Disputas 24.05-25.05.2012. Avhandling "The Problem with the Problem of Death: A systematic theological study of the phenomenon of death with special reference to Arthur Robert Peacocke and Ted Peters". Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Biblical and modern scientific cosmologies: hermeneutical reflections". Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "The relation between a scientific eschatology and a theological eschatology with special reference to the resurrection". Førsteopponent Professor Dr. J. Wentzel van Hyussteen, Princeton. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Niels Henrik Gregersen, København. Professor Dr. Svein Olaf Thorbjørnsen er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

67. Bård Eirik Hallesby Norheim
Disputas 22.03-23.03.2012. Avhandling "Practicing Baptism: A theological Investigation of the Presence of Christ in Christian Practices in the Context of Youth Ministry." Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Baptism as a paradigm for Youth Ministry in Norway." Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Towards a theological anthropology for leading change in the congregation." Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Chris Scharen, St.Paul. Andreopponent senior lecturer Dr. Pete Ward, London. Professor Dr. Svein Olaf Thorbjørnsen er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

66. Trine Anker
Disputas 19.12-20.12.2011. Avhandling ”Respect and Disrespect: Social Practices in a Norwegian Multicultural School.” Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Teaching respect in multicultural Norwegian schools and in teacher education: Educational frontiers beyond tolerance." Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Reading against culture: Anthropological readings of literature in an intercultural perspective." Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, Boston. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Kåre Fuglseth, Bodø. Professor Dr. Sverre Dag Mogstad er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

65. Espen Schjetne
Disputas 08.12-09.12.2011. Avhandling ”Autonomi og sosial kompetanse. Moraloppdragelse i den offentlige grunnskolens seksual- og samlivsundervisning”. Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Hvilken plass og rolle bør deskripsjon ha i religionspedagogikken som normativt fagfelt?". Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Å forstå egen praksis og å kritisere andres teori. Karakter- og holdningsdannelse på Vang barneskole". Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Elisabet Haakedal, Kristiansand. Andreopponent førsteamanuensis Dr. Jon Magne Vestøl, Oslo. Professor Dr. Heid Leganger-Krogstad er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

64. Asle Eikrem
Disputas 01.12-02.12.2011. Avhandling ”Ontology and Religious Discourses: The ontological conditions of religious discourses reconstructed in connection with philosophical perspectives provided by Dewey Z. Phillips, Erica Appelros and Paul Ricoeur.” Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Religionsfilosofi som filosofisk og teologisk disiplin". Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Det er barmhjertighet jeg vil ha, ikke offer: En utforskning av nye retninger innen soteriologien". Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Eberhard Herrmann, Uppsala. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Svend Andersen, København. Professor Dr. Peder Gravem er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen. 

63. Tor Torbjørnsen
Disputas 10.11-11.11.2011. Avhandling ”Gud hjelpe meg! Religiøs mestring hos pasienter med Hodgkins sykdom. En empirisk, religionspsykologisk studie”. Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Drøft hvilken verdi teorier om religiøs mestring kan ha i møte med utfordringer i kirkelig praksis". Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Sundén og Pargament – religiøse roller og religiøs mestring". Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Nils G. Holm, Åbo. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Pål Repstad, Kristiansand. Professor Dr. Leif Gunnar Engedal er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

62. Tone Stangeland Kaufman
Disputas 03.11-04.11.2011. Avhandling "A New Old Spirituality? A Qualitative Study of Clergy Spirituality in the Church of Norway." Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Toward Retrieving an Imago Dei Spirituality: Ignatian and Lutheran Perspectives." Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "A Spirituality for Pilgrims? Subjectivization and Retraditionalization in the Norwegian CrossRoad (Korsvei) Movement." Førsteopponent Associate Professor Dr. Lisa E. Dahill, Columbus, Ohio. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Svein Rise, Bergen. Professor Dr. Geir Afdal er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

61. Ragnar Andersen
Disputas 20.10-21.10.2011. Avhandling ”Concordia Ecclesiae. En undersøkelse av spenning og sammenheng i Philipp Melanchtons teologi og innsats for kirkelig enhet, særlig i 1527-1530”. Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne:"Det ekklesiologiske grunnlaget for Den augsburgske bekjennelsen som økumenisk dokument". Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Hvilken plass og betydning har Elihus taler i Jobs bok?" Førsteopponent Docent Dr. Leif Erikson, Åbo. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Oddvar Johan Jensen, Bergen. Professor Dr. Kjell Olav Sannes er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

60. Joar Haga
Disputas 31.3-1.4.2011. Avhandling ”Was there a Lutheran metaphysics? The interpretation of communicatio idiomatum in Early Modern Lutheranism.” Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Christology and anthropology. The understanding of man by Luther and in the Renaissance." Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Lex manens? Some problems in the interpretation of the law in Early Modern Protestantism". Førsteopponent Privatdozent Dr. Günter Frank, Bretten. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Oddvar J. Jensen, Bergen. Førsteamanuensis Jan H. Schumacher er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

59. Jeppe Bach Nikolajsen
Disputas 9.-10.12.2010. Avhandling ”Redefining the Identity of the Church: A Constructive Study of the Post-Christendom Theologies of Lesslie Newbigin and John Howard Yoder”. Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Missional folk church? A discussion of Hans Raun Iversen's understanding of the Danish folk church as a missional church." Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Missio Christi: Toward a Missional Christology?" Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Darrell Guder, Princeton. Andreopponent Professor Dr.Theol. Kjell Nordstokke, Diakonhjemmet høgskole. Professor Dr.Theol. Harald Hegstad er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

58. Jørn Varhaug
Disputas 3.-4.11.2010. Avhandling ”Reapplication of Cultic Language in Psalms 22, 23, and 24.”Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "The Spoken Word in Conjunction with Other Rituals at the Temple in Jerusalem". Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Why the God-Sons-Episode in Genesis 6:1-4 is Plausible as Motivation for the Deluge". Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Marianne Grohmann, Wien Universität. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Marc Z. Brettler, Brandeis University. Førsteamanuensis Dr.Theol. Hanne Løland er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

57. Helene Lund
Disputas 7.-8.10.2010. Avhandling ”Conflicting Ecclesiologies. Exploring the Ecclesiological Discourse in the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the World Council of Churches from 1998 to 2002”. Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "The Church as Koinonia. The contribution to the ecclesiological reflection of the WCC from the 5th World Conference of Faith and Order, Santiago de Compostela, 1993."Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne:"The idea of 'just war' in the Russian Orthodox Church at the beginning of the 3rd millennium." Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Risto Saarinen, Helsinki. Andreopponent gen. sekr. Dr.Theol. Olav Fykse Tveit, Geneve. Professor Dr.Theol. Gunnar Heiene er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

56. Gudmund Waaler
Disputas 16.-17.6.2010. Avhandling ”Nattverden som offer. En komparativ systematisk analyse av synet på det eukaristiske offer hos Carl Fr. Wisløff, Regin Prenter og Gustaf Aulén.” Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Kirken som sosialt og sakramentalt fellesskap". Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Ny liturgi – luthersk eller økumenisk?"Førsteopponent  Professor Dr. Kirsten Busch Nielsen. København. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Svein Rise, Bergen. Professor Dr.Theol.  Harald Hegstad er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

55. Irene Tvedt Wangen
Disputas 19.-20.5.2010. Avhandling ”Sex, Sin and Stigma. The Challenge of HIV and AIDS-Realated Stigmatisation to the Understanding of Sin, the Human Being and Christian Sexual Ethics.”Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Christus Salvator - ethical implications of salvation as healing and salvation as atonement." Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Divided by love and war? Ethics and church between norm and situation." Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Denise M. Ackermann, Stellenbosh. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Kajsa Ahlstrand, Uppsala. Professor Dr.Theol. Svein Olaf Thorbjørnsen er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

54. Merethe Roos
Disputas 7.-8.4.10. Avhandling: "post Struensee. En undersøkelse av praxis pietatis i St. Petri menighet i København 1772-1793, med utgangspunkt i Balthasar Münters forfatterskap".  Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne:"Balthasar Münters forfatterskap i lys av utviklingen av en borgerlig offentlighet i Danmark-Norge på 1700-tallet. En teksthistorisk drøfting". Prøveforelesningen selvvalgt emne: "De omstandigheten by de te rechtstelling der Grave Johann FriedrichStruensee in Denemarken". ”The interest of Balthasar Münter and Johann Friedrich Struensee in Dutch publicity January - April 1772." Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Kjell Lars Berge, Oslo. Andreopponent akademiforskare Dr. Anna Cullhed, Uppsala. Professor Dr.Theol. Gunnar Heiene er tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

53. Terje Hegertun
Disputas 16.-17.12.09. Avhandling: ”Det brodersind som pinseaanden nødvendigvis maa føde”. Analyse av økumeniske posisjoner i norsk pinsebevegelse med henblikk på utviklingen av en pentekostal økumenikk og fornyelse av økumeniske arbeidsformer. Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Mellom historie og dogmer. Metodespørsmål i systematisk teologi". Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Bridge over troubled water? Refleksjoner omkring dåpsteologi og økumenikk i lys av Limadokumentets pkt IV-13."Førsteopponent generalsekretær Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, Oslo. Andreopponent førsteamanuensis Dr. Ingunn Folkestad Breistein, Kristiansand. Professor Dr. Tormod Engelsviken var tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

52. Atle Ottesen Søvik
Disputas 14.-15.12.09. Avhandling: "The Problem of Evil and the Power of God: On the Coherence and Authenticity of some Christian Theodicies with Different Understandings of God’s Power." Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Hva er religionsfilosofi?" Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Hvilke premisser bør ligge til grunn for at det skal bli god religionskritikk?" Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Nils Gilje, Bergen. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Mikael Stenmark, Uppsala. Professor Dr.philos. Peder Gravem var tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

51. Lars Råmunddal
Disputas 10.-11.12.09. Avhandling: "Konsept og endring: En kvalitativ studie av hvordan lokale ekklesiologier formes gjennom initierte endringsprosesser i to norske menigheter". Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Muligheter og utfordringer prinsipielt og praktisk mellom empiriske og eksplisitt normative vitenskaper". Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: ”'Åndskamp' som teologisk problem og utfordring for kirken. Noen praktisk-teologiske refleksjoner inspirert av siste tiårs misjonsfaglige behandling av tematikken’. Førsteopponent Professor Dr. Harald Askeland, Oslo. Andreopponent førsteamanuensis Dr. Hans Austnaberg, Stavanger. Førsteamanuensis Dr. Roar Fotland var tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

50. Karl Inge Tangen
Disputas 7.-8.12.09. Avhandling: “Ecclesial identification beyond transactional individualism? A case study of life strategies in growing late modern churches.” Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: ”A discussion of the relation between empirical studies and normative theology, with regard to the question: In what ways is the doctrine of sin part of Ecclesiology?” Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: “The feast as an ecclesial image in the late modern context – A theological exploration.” Førsteopponent Professor Dr. William K. Kay, Bangor, Wales. Andreopponent Professor Dr. Jan Inge Jenssen, Kristiansand. Professor Dr. Jan-Olav Henriksen var tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

49. Heid Leganger-Krogstad
Disputas 12.- 13.11.09. Avhandling: ”The Religious Dimension of Intercultural Education. Contributions to a Contextual Understanding.” Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: ”Different approaches to religious education in a pluralistic context.” Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: “Snow hotels and ice churches in Northern Scandinavia as metaphorical expressions.” Første opponent: Professor Robert Jackson, University of Warrick/Professor II ved Det Europeiske Wergelandssenteret. Andre opponent: førsteamanuensis Sidsel Lied ved Høgskolen i Hedmark. Professor Sverre D. Mogstad var internt tredje medlem i komiteen.

48. John Kaufman
Disputas: 15.- 16.06.09. Avhandling Becoming Divine, Becoming Human: Deification Themes in Irenaeus of Lyons. Prøveforelesning oppgitt emne: "Irenaeus on the Formation of the Canon." Prøveforelesning selvvalgt emne: "Diverging Trajectories or Emerging Mainstream?. Unity and Diversity in Second Century Christianity."Første opponent Professor Dr. Frances M. Young, England. Andre opponent universitetslektor Dr. Anders-Christian Jacobsen, Aarhus. Professor Dr. Theol. Reidar Hvalvik var tredje medlem i bedømmelseskomiteen.

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