Hans Nilsen Hauge an Example of Empowerment

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Hans Nielsen Hauge (1771-1824) was a farmers son from Norway. He is by many known as a travelling preacher who spent ten years in jail due to a law which prohibited ordinary people from preaching in public. Less known is his tremendous impact on his contemporary society. In Hauges footsteps  the Haugian society of friends developed both spiritually and economically, thus they gradually influenced whatever environment they were part of.

During his career, Hauge laid a foundation for many in Norway to begin thinking and acting independently. In this way, he brought down official authoritarianism, and laid the foundation for Norwegian democracy and parliamentarianism. In a time charactarized by inequity and economic pverty, he became an influential leader who bravely pointed out the unfairness in his society, even though it meant a clash with those in authority. This was something he could only do because he was also certain that he was called to a God-given task.


In the book Sigbjørn Ravnåsen is providing an overview of Hans Nielsen Hauges life and ethical thinking that will shed light upon the question of how an ordinary farmers son became one of the most influtential leaders of his time. He is convinced that this example can provide valuable insight also for the challenges of our times.