Jan Lindhardt (b. 24 April 1938 in Copenhagen) is a Danish theologian and writer. He is the son of professor dr.theol. Poul Georg Lindhardt and Gerda Winding. He is the older brother of the minister Mogens Lindhardt, and uncle to actor Thure Lindhardt. He is married to Tine Lindhardt, bishop of Fyn since 2012.
Lindhart is often used in television and newspapers to comment on developments in the state church and explain to people ecclesiastical matters.
He, alongside Jacob Holm of the Fredenskirken in Viby J, holds the opinion that Hell in the traditional Christian (and Muslim) concept does not exist (rejecting eternal punishment in Hell), and that the Danish National Church's concept should instead regard a more universalist doctrine. Such opinion is rejected by the fundamentalist Inner Mission organization.
Jan Lindhardt has published, among other things:
- Machiavelli, 1969
- The political, human, 1970
- Rhetoric, 1975 (new ed. 1987)
- Conscience as compared with LB Bojesen, 1979
- Rhetorician, Poeta Historicus. Studien über rhetorische Erkenntnis und im Lebensanschauung Italienische Renaissancehumanismus, Leiden, 1979
- Martin Luther. Cognition and communication in the Renaissance, 1983
- Martin Luther. Renaissance and Reformation, 1983
- From talking to thought: the main lines of European history of ideas, 1987
- Speech and writing. Two cultures, 1989
- Between the Devil and God. About Martin Luther, 1991
- Renaissance and modern times, 1992
- The vivid picture of the open space, 1993
- Down from the shelf. About ethics disappearance and possible reappearance, 1998
- Catechism of Christianity. children learning for adults, 2000
- The seven deadly sins, 2001
- Into the Outer, 2001
- A minor character in my life: memoirs prematurely, 2003
- From prayer world, 2004
- Church?: Church in the Danish society, 2005