Graced Life After All? Terrorism and Theology on July 22, 2011

On the afternoon of July 22, 2011, a white Norwegian killed seventy-seven people in and around Oslo. A majority of those killed where Social Democratic youth, camping on the island of Utøya. Dressed as a Norwegian policeman, Anders Behring Breivik took the ferry over to the island and shot sixty-nin...

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Published in:Dialog
Main Author: Salomonsen, Jone 1956-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Wiley-Blackwell [2015]
In: Dialog
Year: 2015, Volume: 54, Issue: 3, Pages: 249-259
RelBib Classification:AZ New religious movements
BD Ancient European religions
CA Christianity
KBE Northern Europe; Scandinavia
NBE Anthropology
Further subjects:B 22 July 2011
B Terrorism
B Grace
B Norway
B Norse Mythology
B radical nationalism
B Paganism
B Anders Behring Breivik
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Summary:On the afternoon of July 22, 2011, a white Norwegian killed seventy-seven people in and around Oslo. A majority of those killed where Social Democratic youth, camping on the island of Utøya. Dressed as a Norwegian policeman, Anders Behring Breivik took the ferry over to the island and shot sixty-nine children with a pistol and a semi-automatic gun. The weapons were carved with Rune names and dedicated to Thor and Odin, the war gods in Norse mythology. About ninety minutes before the attacks, Breivik had published a 1,500-page manifesto on the Internet, urging radical nationalists in Europe to defend Christianity by fighting back Islamic migration, multiculturalism, and feminism. I propose to analyze how a new project linking “Christian and pagan” was launched through the Oslo massacres. I also make a distinction between the sacrificial aspects of a bloody massacre, and the non-bloody acts of love that manifested among surviving youth at Utøya, and ask if these contrary acts express, or at least involve, two radically different ways of doing religion.
ISSN:1540-6385
Contains:Enthalten in: Dialog
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/dial.12186