Adolf Christian Hensler

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Adolf Christian Hensler (born August 2, 1779 in Schleswig ; † October 11, 1842 in Kiel ) was a German pastor.


Adolf Christian Hensler was a son of the archiadeacon Johann Nicolaus Hensler (* around 1741, † 1808 in Schleswig) and his wife Catharina Dorothea, née Stresow. He attended the cathedral school in Schleswig and from 1798 studied theology at the University of Göttingen . In 1799 he moved to the University of Kiel and finished his studies in Gottorf in 1805 with a very good official examination.

Main pastor Johann Anton Burchardi introduced Hensler on October 11, 1809 as compastor of the second pastor's office in Grube . Around 1811, Hensler married Christine Charlotte Louise Callisen (* November 30, 1770; † around 1839), whose father Johann Leonhard Callisen had been a general superintendent of Holstein. The couple had a daughter.

Hensler's tenure alongside Burchardi was not easy. In February he moved to Plön as pastor and provost . In July 1821 he gave up the provost office and moved to Barkau as the elected pastor . In 1842 he went to see his brother-in-law Johann Friedrich Leonhard Callisen, provost in Rendsburg . On this trip he was killed in an accident.

Working as a theologian

Henseler wrote a critical, but also benevolent work on the dispute over the 95 theses that Claus Harms had put forward. In his analysis of the theses, he tried to soften provocative peaks. Hensler positioned himself theologically between orthodoxy and supranaturalism. He stood against the rationalism and the new Protestantism, which he fought. For this purpose he founded the "Barkauer Predigerverein" in 1824, which rationalist preachers could not join. The members included provost Callisen and Claus Harms, among others.

Together with Callisen, Hensler represented the clergy at the first Holstein estates meetings . Both were able to ensure that social and ecclesiastical demands were incorporated into the holiday order in a timely manner. Hensler was considered a hardworking and popular theologian.


  • Lorenz Hein: Hensler, Adolf Christian . in: Schleswig-Holstein Biographical Lexicon . Volume 4. Karl Wachholtz Verlag, Neumünster 1976, p. 102