Ecumenical Lexicon of Saints

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The Ecumenical Holy lexicon (Öhl) is an independent, non-denominational private Internet project of the Evangelical pastor Joachim Schäfer of Stuttgart , which has as a goal the lives of the saints , blessed and red letter people in ecumenical display orientation. It is not a scientific resource.


In 2004, the Internet project was the most extensive German-language Internet source on life stories and legends about Christian saints. The compilation is based on generally accessible sources as well as reference works on hagiography and church history. The information found is compiled independently and supplemented in the event of contradictions or errors. A scientific claim is not made. Volunteers help the project with information and proofreading . The project sees itself as a cross-denominational platform that takes saints from all Christian currents into account. In terms of numbers, however, the more well-known vites of Roman Catholic saints in German-speaking countries predominate . The Ecumenical Lexicon of Saints is available on the Internet , on DVDs and USB sticks . Publication as a book is not planned.


Critics rate numerous articles in the dictionary as unreliable and too uncritical. On the vita of medieval saints, well-researched articles backed by sources and references, such as B. can be found in the lexicon of the Middle Ages , are often not taken into account. A religious studies review judges that because of the lack of contextualization and depth of research, the saints lexicon is not a tool for research into religious or church history and is not aimed at specialists.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Peter J. Bräunlein: Web review: The ecumenical saints lexicon. In: H-Soz-u-Kult , August 28, 2004.
  2. Praise and criticism. Readers' comments and excerpts from reviews on the guest book page of the Ecumenical Lexicon of Saints. Accessed June 23, 2017.

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