Christoph Ernst Luthardt

Christoph Ernst Luthardt (22 March 1823 21 September 1902), German Lutheran theologian, was born at Maroldsweisach, Bavaria.


From 1841 to 1845 he studied theology at Erlangen and Berlin, and in 1854 became an associate professor of dogmatic theology and exegesis at the University of Marburg. In 1856 he became professor ordinarius of systematic theology and New Testament exegesis at Leipzig. On five separate occasions he was dean to the faculty of theology at Leipzig. In 1865 he was made a counsellor to the State Consistory of the Lutheran Church of Saxony, in 1871 canon of Meissen Cathedral, and in 1887 a privy councillor to the church.[1][2] In 1868 he founded the Allgemeinen Evangelisch-Lutherischen Konferenz.[3] He died at Leipzig.

A strictly orthodox theologian and a clear writer, Luthardt became widely appreciated as the author of apologetic lectures. These were collected under the title Apologie des Christentums (vol. i., 1864, 14th ed. 1896; vol. ii. 7th ed., 1901; vol. iii. 7th ed., 1898; vol. iv. 2nd ed., 1880), a work of which the first three volumes have been translated into English.[1] In 1868 he founded and edited the Allgemeine Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirchenzeitung,[2] with its supplement, the Theologisches Litteraturblatt, and in 1880 became editor of the Zeitschrift für Kirchliche Wissenschaft und Kirchliches Leben.[1]

Additional published works

His autobiography was published with the title Erinnerungen aus vergangenen Tagen (1889; 2nd edition, 1891).[1]



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