Episode 209 Grundtvig "the Happy Dane" Freedom in Religion and Education

 
Which of these men is the Happy Dane? (See Below)

Which of these men is the Happy Dane? (See Below)

I don't want to be negative. But, this show doesn't seem that interesting. Danes? I'm not that familiar or all together interested in them (no offense to our danish Listeners, who as of writing this there are just shy of 300). Are the Danes where we get the dog with the little barrel under his neck? And this Dane, we're talking about from the 1800's? I might be out.  But wait! What if I told you that he not only directed the future of educational reform and the freedom of the church across the western world, he was such a merry maker and hymn writer that he could say he had no enemies but knaves and fools.  

Ok- one of the two hosts didn't understand the relevancy of this guy. And then, after a week or so of reading and getting into him, he thinks he might have more to do with American religion and education than anyone has given him credit. One of the hosts was skeptical, that host came away almost as stoked about Krundtvig as the other host.

The formerly skeptical host was like the Grinch, hearing the metaphorical "Yahoo Do rey's" of  Grundtvig's gracious and joyful tune. And seeing this man's cheerful disposition in the face of opposition, Dan's heart grew three sizes that day. 

 

 

 
Can you find Denmark? It's cool if you can't, unless you are Danish, into Smørrebrød or into a certain kind of prog/metal fusion rock,  it's ok to admit.  But learn a bit now.  Really! Go here: Denmark? Denmark! and here DENMARK.

Can you find Denmark? It's cool if you can't, unless you are Danish, into Smørrebrød or into a certain kind of prog/metal fusion rock,  it's ok to admit.  But learn a bit now.  Really! Go here: Denmark? Denmark! and here DENMARK.

 

Built On A Rock - Hymn by Nikolai Grundtvig, 1837

Are Danish tunes superior to German tunes?

This is N.F.S. Grundtvig.  The jolliest and most beloved figure in 19th century Denmark.  Pictured with him above are from the left hand corner, clockwise, A young Søren Kierkegaard, Hans Christian Anderson (yeah, the silver skates, little Mermaid guy, Grundtvig, and then some guy that pops up if you google "old times picture of a guy that looks happy".

This is N.F.S. Grundtvig.  The jolliest and most beloved figure in 19th century Denmark.  Pictured with him above are from the left hand corner, clockwise, A young Søren Kierkegaard, Hans Christian Anderson (yeah, the silver skates, little Mermaid guy, Grundtvig, and then some guy that pops up if you google "old times picture of a guy that looks happy".

A folk school in the early 20th Century

A folk school in the early 20th Century