Christian Sørenssen

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Rt. Rev.
Christian Sørenssen
Lithograph of Christian Sørenssen
Church Church of Norway
Diocese Christianssand and Christiania
Appointed 1811
Personal details
Born (1765-09-25)25 September 1765
Christianssand, Norway
Died 16 August 1845(1845-08-16) (aged 79)
Smaalenene, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Denomination Christian
Parents Søren Christensen and Christence (Anna) Abrahamsdatter Just
Spouse 1) Tete Sophie Wilhelmine Fangen 2) Antonette Wilhelmine Fangen
Children Søren Anton Wilhelm Sørenssen
Occupation Priest
Education Cand.theol.
Alma mater University of Copenhagen

Christian Sørenssen (born 25 September 1765 in Christiansand, died 16 August 1845 in Våler) was a Norwegian theologian, politician, and Bishop of the Church of Norway. He was bishop of the Diocese of Christianssand from 1811 until 1823 when he was appointed as the bishop of the Diocese of Christiania, a post which he held until his death in 1845.[1][2]


Christian Sørenssen was born on 25 September 1765 in the city of Christiansand in southern Norway to Søren Christensen, a blacksmith, and Christence (Anna) Abrahamsdatter Just. Sørenssen received his cand.theol. in 1785 from the University of Copenhagen.[1]

He worked as a teacher in his home town of Christianssand until 1791. He then moved to Strømsø (in Drammen) and was an assistant priest and rector of the Latin school there. In 1797, he became the parish priest in Risør. In 1804, he was given the job as the vicar for the Christiansand Cathedral. On 11 April 1811, he was appointed to be bishop of the Diocese of Christianssand. Sørenssen was the last Norwegian bishop to be ordained in Copenhagen since Norway gained its independence from Denmark in 1814. The bishopric covered all of the counties of Stavanger, Lister og Mandal, Nedenæs, and Telemark at that time.[3][1][2]

From 1814-1817, he was a representative of the city of Christianssand at the first two Parliaments that met in Norway after independence in 1814. He did not have a special interest in politics, and did not speak at any of the meetings of Parliament.[1]

In 1823, he was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Christiania. He held this position until his death in 1845. The Diocese of Akershus (at that time) included all of the capital of Christiania as well as the counties of Hedemarken, Christians amt, and Jarlsberg og Larvik.

He died on 16 August 1845, while traveling in the county of Smaalenene on the road between Moss and Son on a visit.[1]

Memberships and honors[edit]

In 1811, he became a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. From 1823 until his death in 1845, he was the chairman of the board of the Norwegian Bible Society. He was a Knight of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog and a Commander of the Swedish Order of the Polar Star.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Elstad, Hallgeir. "Christian Sørenssen". Norske biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  2. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Christian Sørenssen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  3. ^ Molland, Einar (1979). Norges kirkehistorie i det 19. århundre (in Norwegian). Gyldendal. ISBN 82-05-10919-2. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Johan Michael Keyser
Bishop of Christianssand
Succeeded by
Johan Storm Munch
Preceded by
Frederik Julius Bech
Bishop of Akershus
Succeeded by
Jens Lauritz Arup