Andrew John Thomas

Faculty of Education
Norwegian version of this page Position
Associate Professor
Study place
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Academic interests

Andrew Thomas works on religion and diversity in school: how to teach religious education and an analysis of religious forms in school. His other areas of expertise include the history of Christianity, and early Mediterranean history of ideas. He is also currently doing research in religious education (after having worked as a teacher and head of department for language and social sciences) and in 2015 co-edited a special issue of Prismet, Norway's only research journal for religious education (level 1). The issue concerned teaching religion at upper secondary level in Norway.

Current research projects include:

  • A textbook analysis concerning the distribution of different definitions of religion;
  • An interpretation and critique of self-regulation and creativity in education;
  • A discussion of authority and truth in the digital school;
  • An historical analysis of the political economy of Hans Nielsen Hauge;
  • An evaluation of various interpretive strategies for understanding the story of Saint Isidora (4th century)


Courses taught

  • Nordic citizenship Education
    • One School for all
    • Worldviews in Nordic Society
    • Staging Citizenship
  • Postgraduate certificate of education: teaching religion


Tags: Religious Education, One school for all, inclusion, Textbooks, Source evaluation, Theatre and citizenship, creativity, normalisation, holy fools, church history


  • Thomas, Andrew John (2020). Sources and citizens: An essay in applied epistemology. Policy Futures in Education.  ISSN 1478-2103.  18(4), s 531- 544 . doi: 10.1177/1478210320921722
  • Thomas, Andrew John & Rolin, Alf (2019). Reading religion in Norwegian textbooks: are individual religions ideas or people?. British Journal of Religious Education.  ISSN 0141-6200.  41(1) . doi: 10.1080/01416200.2018.1484691 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew John (2018). The City Became a Desert: Forcing the First Holy Fools into a Context, In Albrecht Berger & Sergey Ivanov (ed.),  Holy Fools and Divine Madmen: Sacred Insanity through Ages and Cultures.  Ars Una.  ISBN 978-3-946646-18-1.  Chapter 1.  s 4 - 28
  • Thomas, Andrew (2008). God, Vision and Power: Looking at Berkeley’s Cosmology and Disciplinary Power. Studia Theologica - Nordic Journal of Theology.  ISSN 0039-338X.  62(1), s 80- 97 . doi: 10.1080/00393380802024134 Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew John (2006). Gud som ser. Kirke og kultur.  ISSN 0023-186X.  (3), s 219- 233
  • Thomas, Andrew John (2006). Pentecostalism and Normalization, In Sturla Johan Stålsett (ed.),  Spirits of Globalization. The Growth of Pentecostalism and Experiential Spiritualities in a Global Age.  SCM Press.  ISBN 033404054X.  Kapittel 10.  s 160 - 169

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  • Thomas, Andrew John (2019). Religion, religioner, religionere. Show summary
  • Aukland, Knut; Tømmerås, Heidi Hansen; Iversen, Ragnhild Laird; Iversen, Lars Åsmund Laird & Thomas, Andrew John (2018). Uenighet i klasserommet. [www ]. Show summary
  • Schjetne, Espen; Hansen, Ole Henrik Borchgrevink; Ramstad, Mette & Thomas, Andrew John (2018). Aakvaag surrer med religionsbegrepet. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  (21)
  • Schjetne, Espen; Hansen, Ole Henrik Borchgrevink; Ramstad, Mette & Thomas, Andrew John (2018). KRLE når Gud er død. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  (23)
  • Thomas, Andrew John (2018). Finnes det systematiske forskjeller mellom hvordan religionene illustreres i norske lærebøker. Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew John (2018). Leontius of Neapolis, In Dale C. Allison (ed.),  Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR) volume 16 Lectionary - Lots.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-031333-8.  Leontius. Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew John (2018). Smarte Samtaler: KRLEpodden v/Knut Aukland Prismet.  ISSN 0032-8847.  69(2-3), s 255- 257 Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew John (2017). Mission-shaped echo chambers?. Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew John & Rolin, Alf (2017). Reading other people’s stories. Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew (2016). Dialog og omvendt klasseromsundervisning. Prismet.  ISSN 0032-8847.  67(3), s 225- 228
  • Schjetne, Espen & Thomas, Andrew (2015). Religion og etikk i videregående skole. Prismet.  ISSN 0032-8847.  (2)
  • Thomas, Andrew (2015). På fremmed terreng: religion i andre fag. Prismet.  ISSN 0032-8847.  66(2), s 107- 111 Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew (2015). Religion på svartebørs: Hauge og religiøs merkantilisme.
  • Thomas, Andrew (2015). The city became a desert: forcing the first holy fools into a context. Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew (2010). Farlig religion: om forskjellen mellom forkynnelse og holdningsdannelse. Religion og livssyn : Tidsskrift for religionslærerforeningen i Norge.  ISSN 0802-8214.  (1), s 22- 28
  • Thomas, Andrew (2009). The holy fools: a theological enquiry. Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew John (2006). Postkolonial teologi: En kort innføring. Ung Teologi.  ISSN 0333-340X.  39(1), s 27- 40 Show summary
  • Thomas, Andrew John (2005). The Places of Unreason in Theology. Show summary

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