Friedrich Horn (theologian)

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Friedrich Carl Horn , also Fritz Horn , (born May 9, 1875 in Orsoy , today in Rheinberg , † June 23, 1957 in Moers ) was a German Protestant theologian .


Friedrich Horn was the son of Dietrich Horn and Helene born. Rueping. Dietrich Horn was the rector of the Evangelical Preparatory Institute in Orsoy. After graduating from high school, he studied Protestant theology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Berlin and passed his theological exams in 1897 and 1898. Then he worked as a teacher at the preparatory institute run by his father. In 1905 he went to the Laar congregation as an assistant preacher and was ordained on December 24, 1905. On July 12, 1906, he succeeded Heinrich Forsthoff as pastor of the parish, where he stayed until his retirement in 1945. He was superintendent in Duisburg from 1931 to 1945 and from 1935 as President of the Rhenish Provincial Synod .

Fritz Horn was married to Mia born in 1900. Schack (1876-1948). The marriage had 12 children, including Helene Horn, who was married to Heinrich Höhler, pastor and superintendent in Wuppertal-Elberfeld. These are the parents of the literary scholar Gertrud Höhler .


Horn was the editor of the correspondence sheet of the Friends of the Heidelberg Catechism , supporter of Kohlbrügge's theology and long-time friend of Karl Barth , who then became aware of Horn's supposedly indifferent attitude towards National Socialism , as did Horn's pupil Alfred de Quervain , pastor of the Dutch Reformed community in Wuppertal saw compelled to break the relationship.

The point of contention was the regulatory bloc founded by Horn as the so-called Rheinische Arbeitsgemeinschaft , with which he and his followers not only attempted to find a neutral in the smoldering dispute between the Confessing Church and German Christians , whose leading head in the Rhineland was Horn's predecessor in Laar provost Heinrich Forsthoff To take a position, but also to mediate between the two camps from this point of view and thus avoid the threatening break within the Rhenish provincial church.

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  1. Marriage Register Orsoy Registry Office, No. 6/1900
  2. Emsländische and Bentheimer Familienforschung (page 154) , August 1999, issue 50, volume 10, accessed on February 17, 2019