Dietrich Rössler

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Dietrich Rössler (born January 20, 1927 in Kiel ) was professor of practical theology at the University of Tübingen .

Rössler received his doctorate in medicine in 1951 and in theology in 1957. Since 1953 he was a doctor at the University Psychiatric Clinic in Münster. In 1960 he completed his habilitation in practical theology at the University of Göttingen and then became a pastor in Reiffenhausen near Göttingen . In 1965 he was offered a professorship for practical theology at the University of Tübingen , where he taught until his retirement in 1995, and since 1970 as a co-opted member of the medical faculty.

Rössler's main areas of research were practical theology as a whole, and especially pastoral teaching and medical ethics . He worked in numerous committees, including as chairman of the Theological Chamber of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). In 2000 he received the Paracelsus Medal of the German Medical Association.

Fonts (selection)

  • 1957: Law and History: An Inquiry into the Theology of Jewish Apocalyptic and Pharisaic Orthodoxy (2nd ed. 1962)
  • 1960: The "whole" person. : The image of man in recent pastoral teaching and modern medical thinking in the context of general anthropology (Habil.).
  • 1970: Fides et communicatio
  • 1976: The Reason of Religion
  • 1976: Trapped self, liberating spirit
  • 1977: The doctor between technology and humanity: religious and ethical aspects of the crisis in health care
  • 1978: Lived religion
  • 1986: Outline of Practical Theology (2nd edition 1994)
  • 2006: Tradition and Experience: Collected Essays on Practical Theology
  • 2011: Accepted dependency: collected essays on ethics


  • Quarterly for modern Christianity. Festschrift for Dietrich Rössler on his 60th birthday. Tübingen 1987 (private print)
  • The “whole person”: perspectives of individuality in life history; Festschrift for Dietrich Rössler on his seventieth birthday , ed. by Volker Drehsen u. a., Berlin 1997

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