Trond Bakkevig

Associate Senior Researcher

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​Trond Bakkevig is the Dean (Archdeacon) of Vestre Aker which includes twelve parishes and twenty-six pastors.

His doctoral thesis, at the University of Oslo (1984) was on theology and nuclear arms (published in German under the title: Ordnungstheologie und Atomwaffen. Eine Studie zur Sozialethik von Paul Althaus, Walter Künneth und Helmut Thielicke. Paderborn/Oslo 1989). Linked to this work was also an article on the issue of just war: Trond Bakkevig (1983). 'The Doctrine on Just War – Relevance and Applicability'. Studia Theologica. p. 125-145

On the background of his involvement in the struggle against apartheid, he wrote a booklet in Norwegian with the title: Den norske kirke og kampen mot apartheid. Oslo 1995 [The Church of Norway and the Struggle against Apartheid].

He has been writing mostly on political ethics, the relationship between church, religion and society, but lately mostly about the role of religious dialogue and cooperation between religions in relation to peace negotiations and peace processes. One example of this is: Trond Bakkevig (2011). 'Religious Dialogue and the Quest for Peace in the Middle East'. NOREF Report. Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre

​​​He has written many scientific and popular articles in Norwegian as well as in international books and journals. They have mostly dealt with issues of ecclesiology, ethics and pastoral theology.


​​​​​​Work experience:

2006: Guest Researcher at PRIO
2000- : Dean, Vestre Aker and pastor Vestre Aker parish, Oslo
1993-2000: Pastor, Røa parish, Oslo
1984-93: Secretary General, the Church of Norway Council of Ecumenical and International Relations
1987-88: Personal Adviser, Minister of Foreign Affairs


1984: Dr. theol., University of Oslo

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Bakkevig, Trond & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2001) Forsoning i Afghanistan [Reconciliation in Afghanistan], Dagbladet, 9 December.

Blog Posts

Interfaith Dialogue can Help Build Peace

Posted by Trond Bakkevig on Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Interfaith dialogue is a necessary aid in conflicts involving religion. Some years ago, many Western social scientists were claiming that religion was a dying phenomenon. Such assertions were part of an arrogant assumption that the entire world would soon come to resemble the north-western corner of Europe. In Eastern Europe, which lay under the yoke of Communism, atheistic faith prevailed. And no doubt many people believed that atheism would continue to prevail after the Communist system was abolished. After the fall of Communism, however, atheistic was to a large extent replaced by religious faith. Putin, a former KGB officer, became ...

Between the Mosque and the Temple Mount

Posted by Trond Bakkevig on Friday, 27 February 2015

Unrest on and around the Al Aqsa Mosque/Temple Mount in Jerusalem last autumn caused the Palestinian president, Mahmood Abbas, to warn that the conflict between Israel and Palestine could escalate into a religious war.  The site has extremely powerful national and religious symbolic value for both Palestinians and Israelis. Jordanian protection The tension caused Jordan’s King Abdullah to summon Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu to talks in Amman. The 1994 peace agreement between Jordan and Israel confirms the Jordanian king as custodian of the mosque. The king funds the mosque’s maintenance and the salaries of its staff. When King Abdullah demanded ...

Legality and Courtesy

Posted by Trond Bakkevig on Friday, 30 January 2015

In his opinion article in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten on 21 January, Per Edgar Kokkvold (secretary general in the Norwegian Press Association) stated the obvious, “It is people who must be protected – and who are protected under current legislation, under the law that prohibits discriminatory or hateful utterances, persecution or insults based on religion or belief. But here it is the individual person who is protected, not the religion. Religions and beliefs must be open to insult.” This is the position under Norwegian law, and this is the position that Norwegian politicians – and the Church of Norway – ...