Günter Kehrer

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Günter Kehrer (born February 6, 1939 in Frankfurt am Main ) is a German sociologist of religion who became known primarily for his commitment against church and religion.


Kehrer studied sociology and history at the universities of Frankfurt and Tübingen . In 1966 he received his doctorate with an empirical study on The Religious Consciousness of the Industrial Worker. In 1970 the habilitation followed . Kehrer worked for many years as professor for religious studies and religious sociology at the University of Tübingen. His main areas of work were modern religious history of the 19th and 20th centuries, new religious movements and criticism of religion.

Kehrer is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Non-Denominational and Atheists (IBKA) and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation .


  • The religious consciousness of the industrial worker. An empirical study , Munich 1967
  • Sociology of Religion , Berlin 1968
  • The beyond of society. Religion in the process of social-scientific criticism , Munich 1975 (together with Karl-Wilhelm Dahm and Volker Drehsen )
  • On the religious history of the Federal Republic of Germany , Munich 1980
  • The emergence of a new religion: the example of the Unification Church , Munich 1981
  • Organized Religion , Stuttgart 1982
  • "Everyone is equal before God" - Social equality, social inequality and the religions , Düsseldorf 1983 (as ed.)
  • Introduction to the Sociology of Religion , Darmstadt 1988
  • New religiosity and secular culture , 1988 (together with Reinhart Hummel and Peter Koslowski )
  • Religion as Truth and Commodity , 1991 (together with Wolf-Dieter Hauschild , Hans J. Höhn, Traugott Koch and Donald Reeves )
  • Personality cult and veneration of saints , 1997 (together with Hans-Peter Hasenfratz and Wolfgang Speyer)
  • Religious pluralism in the Middle Ages? Visit to an era in European religious history , 2007

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