Christian Sørenssen

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Christian Sørenssen

Christian Sørenssen (born 25 September 1765 in Christiansand, died 16 August 1845) was a Norwegian theologian, politician and bishop.

Sørenssen received his cand.theol. in 1785. He worked as a teacher in his home town of Christiansand and in Strømsø in Drammen, before in 1797 he became a priest in Risør. In 1804, he was the most important priest in Christiansand. On 11 April 1811, he was invited to be bishop of Christiansand, and Sørenssen was the last Norwegian bishop to be ordained in Copenhagen. The bishopric covered Agder and Rogaland at that time.

He was a representative at the first two Stortings, and was also a politician from 1814 to 1817. He did not have a special interest in politics, and did not speak at the Storting's meetings.

From 1823 to 1845, he was bishop of Akershus, which is now the bishopric of Oslo, Hamar and Tunsberg, up to Telemark.

He died on 16 August 1845, on the way between Moss and Son on a visit.


  • Einar Molland: Norges kirkehistorie i det 19. århundre, Gyldendal 1979, ISBN 82-05-10919-2
Preceded by
Johan Michael Keyser
Lutheran bishop of Christiansand
Succeeded by
Johan Storm Munch
Preceded by
Frederik Julius Bech
Lutheran bishop of Akershus
Succeeded by
Jens Lauritz Arup