Vikings and Christians
The most of the Norwegians are Christians, or are raised up as Christians. Many Norwegians do not practice their religion anymore. The most of the Christians are/were member of the Church of Norway
, a state church
till 2012, and is Lutheran
. This religion took over Catholicism in 1537 and the Norwegian king was constitutional head of the state church.
The original religion in Norway was a traditional Viking religion, that can be categorized as paganism. Many Christian churches (buildings) have Viking symbols. If I remember well this was/is to please the Viking
minded Norwegians, to avoid the wooden churches would/will be burnt down. On the moment several Norwegians search for a revival of the pagan traditional Viking religion.
Overview of protestant religions in Norway
Sectarianism in Norway
Though the "Pinsebevegelsen" is categorized as a protestant religion, on several Norwegian websites one can find questions, if this "religion" is, maybe, a sect
. The "Brunstad Christian Church
" or "Den Kristelige Menighet
" is indeed
a sect, and has spread around even in other countries, like The Netherlands. It is named there: De Noorse Broeders
, or: Christelijke Gemeente Nederland.
In a Dutch VPRO documentary about Norway, with the title: "Licht op het Noorden
", Stine Jensen searches for the psychology of the Norwegians, their search for the deeper facets of life. The psychology of a people is intertwined with its religion(s), its doctrines. Read more: Facets of "Light on the North"
Wiki: The Pinsebevegelsen, or Pinsevenner, Pinsemenigheiter, is a Pentecostal congregation
in Norway and is the largest Protestant free church in Norway with a total membership at 39,590 people in 2009.
Wiki names it a Protestant church, but a sect is not a church. The influence of a sect goes much deeper, and the indoctrination is in fact 100%.
The Pinsebevegelsen is very active in the surroundings here, and what I know from stories that have happened in real life, the Pinsebevegelsen has left a trail of destruction in several families. This could not stop the power and popularity of this movement. Everywhere I see posters with timetables, where, when and at what time the next meeting will be. The churches where they meet are wonderful though, as a building.
Churches in Multerland
In Norway churches belong to each village or city, and they are all worth visiting, to watch, from nearby, also inside, the interior, because of the historical value. Churches are not always opened for public.
Hovet has a church. There are not many activities, as far I know. Only with Christmas and Easter I hear the bells of the church. Also when there is a funeral, the church is, of course, open. The cemetery next to the church is still in use. There are in total just 26 crematory in Norway
. It might be interesting to read the Norwegian wiki page about crematory
. Possible to translate with google