Prof. Jan-Olav HenriksenProf. theol. Prof. phil., Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion

    Research Profile

    Henriksen’s main interest is the present conditions for faith and religion in a postmodern culture marked by pluralism and diversified approaches to religion.  He has worked on hermeneutics, postmodern moral philosophy, the critique of religion (esp. Nietzsche), and theological anthropology. He is presently working on how insights from Christology can be articulated by postmodern philosophy.  His interests also include psychology and the sociology of religion. He is the Editor in Chief of Studia Theologica Nordic Journal of Theology.

    Teaching Profile

    Henriksen teaches all fields of systematic theology, mainly on the Master’s and doctoral level. His present doctoral students are working on topics such as Theodicy, Ricoeur, Ecclesiology in the WCC, The Ethics of Aid, How to interpret death from a normative theological point of view, and professional ethics.

    Selected publications

    The Reconstruction of Religion: Lessing, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. W.B. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2001.

    “Creation and Construction: On the Theological Appropriation of Postmdern Theory,” The Richardson Fellowship Lecture, Durham University, 5.12.2000, in Modern Theology (2002): 153-169.

    “Feeling of Absolute Dependence or Will to Power? Schleiermacher vs. Nietzsche on the Conditions for Religious Subjectivity,” Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 45 (2003): 313-327.

    “Postmodernism and the Unchangeability of God” Studia Theologica 57 (2003): 87-102.

    “The Absence of God in the Presence of Desire,” in C.-R. Bråkenhielm, ed. Negativ Teologi. Uppsala, 2003: 83-106.

    “The Moral Self in Femininst Discourse,” in C.-H. Grenholm/N. Kamergrauzis, ed. Feminist Ethics: Perspectives, Problems and Possibilities. Uppsala Studies in Social Ethics 29, 2003: 53-67.

    “The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms – Challenged by Secularization and Privatization,” in: N.H. Gregersen et al., eds. The Gift of Grace: The Future of Lutheran Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004: 277-290.

    “Theo-logy in the Science and Religion Discourse: Its Conditions, Tasks, and Contents,” in N.H. Gregersen/M. Vejrup Nielsen, ed. Preparing for the Future: The Role of Theology in the Science-Religion Dialogue. Proceedings from the Danish Science-Religion Forum vol. 3: 3-26.

    “The Human Being as Co-Creator: Freedom and Responsibility for Whom? Preliminary Theological Reflection on the Cloning of Human Individuals,” in U. Görman et al., ed. Creative Creatures: Values and Ethical Issues in Theology, Science and Technology. Issues in Science and Theology 9. ondon/New York :T&T Clark Publ, 2005: 152-161.

    “The Crucifixion as the Realisation of Identity: The Gift of Recognition and Representation,” Modern Theology 22 (2006): 197-220.





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