You came be too careful what you say to the press. The previous day I had been interviewed by an Oslo daily and had even had my picture taken. It must have gone to my head and led to some unguarded language, for the accusing headline duly appeared: EVANGELICAL VISITOR OPEN TO OTHER POINTS OF VIEW. Methought how fortunate it was that few of my friends knew Norwegian; my evident lapse into a frightful tolerance might never be known Less selfish thoughts finally prevailed: let this, then, be an awful warning to posterity and all others interested.
Norway I found full of surprises. Here Honest to God is regarded as a curiosity piece and nothing more. The theological professors with whom I met were genuinely astonished to hear that John Robinson’s book had been taken seriously in Britain and had even made some impact in America. Let it not be imagined that this reflects either ignorance or obscurantism: Norwegians know their German theology. Norway has, moreover, experienced all the strains, controversies, and renewals so common elsewhere. Talks with various professors and church leaders elicited expressions of keen disappointment that the 1963 Lutheran World Federation congress in Helsinki had failed to produce a popular statement on the meaning for today of justification by faith.
A most significant development in Norwegian church history occurred at about the turn of the century when three liberal professors were appointed to the university theological faculty founded in 1811. Matters came to a head when the chair of systematic theology became vacant in 1903. Battle raged over this key post, culminating in 1906 with the appointment of another liberal. As a result one of the evangelical professors resigned, and in 1908 there ...1
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