Hans Conrad Zander

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Hans Conrad Zander (born October 19, 1937 in Zurich ) is a German-speaking journalist and writer from Switzerland . Zander has lived in Cologne since the 1980s .


Hans Conrad Zander comes from a Calvinist merchant family . At the age of 20 he entered the Catholic Dominican order , in which he aspired to work as a preacher. After three years Zander left the order and started in Cologne a study of sociology , which he with the degree of licencié ès lettres completed. Zander then worked as a journalist : since 1973 he has written numerous radio reports, mostly on historical and theological topics, for West German radio , and later at times also for reports for the Illustrierte Stern . One of his contributions to the show ZeitZeichen for the birthday of the French King Louis XIV, entitled The King Stinks , was requested so often as a manuscript by the listeners that it was repeated on the occasion of an anniversary broadcast.

Hans Conrad Zander, who is best known for his mildly satirical church and religion critical glosses and books, lives today in Cologne . In 1983 he received the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize ; In 1995/96 he was visiting professor at the University of Essen .


In 2007 Zander published his book “Brief Defense of the Holy Inquisition”, a “Janus-headed satire” according to the author, in which he deliberately exaggerated the Inquisition as “progressive, women-friendly, efficient, correct and holy”. Zander's contribution to the Galileo Galilei case is explosive because he tries to justify the condemnation of Galileo and characterizes Galileo as intellectually inferior, obsessive and greedy. Galileo was rehabilitated by the then Pope in 1992 .


  • Napoleon in the bathtub . Rowohlt, Hamburg 1979; ISBN 3-499-14390-9
  • House of Heaven . (together with Georg Bungter ), Janus, Cologne 1981; ISBN 3-922607-03-9
  • God's uncomfortable friends. Saints for our time . Gruner and Jahr (Stern Book), Hamburg 1982; ISBN 3-570-04724-5
  • The right way to lose faith . House boundless, Koethel 1988; ISBN 3-925056-03-3
  • Minnesota in Cologne . (together with Carl Brunn), Janus, Cologne 1990; ISBN 3-922607-11-X
  • The emancipated nun and other portraits of holy individualists . Kreuz, Stuttgart 1990; ISBN 3-7831-1024-6
  • About the religiosity of cats. 24 Sunday wisdom . Collected Works Vol. 1, LIT, Münster 1990; ISBN 3-88660-516-7
  • Ecce Jesus: an attack against the new religious kitsch . Rowohlt, Hamburg 1992; ISBN 3-498-07657-4
  • Pikeperch Filets: A Cultural History of Christianity in 25 Cabinet Pieces . Kreuz, Stuttgart 1992; ISBN 3-7831-1207-9
  • King David in the café, very Sunday wisdom . Patmos, Düsseldorf 1994; ISBN 3-491-91000-5
  • Why I don't like Jesus: An attack against the new religious kitsch . Rowohlt Hamburg 1994; ISBN 3-499-19656-5 [paperback edition of "Ecce Jesus: an attack against the new religious kitsch" from 1992]
  • How the Archbishop of Cologne had to get married. The best of Zander's Universal Church History . Patmos, Düsseldorf 1995; ISBN 3-491-72324-8
  • In the beginning there was the crocodile . Patmos, Düsseldorf 1996; ISBN 3-491-72350-7
  • Little breakfast wisdom . Patmos, Düsseldorf 1996; ISBN 3-491-72357-4
  • Ten Arguments for Celibacy: A Black Book . Patmos, Düsseldorf 1997; ISBN 3-491-72375-2
  • From the lightness of religion . Patmos, Düsseldorf 1999; ISBN 978-3-491-72413-6
  • House of Heaven. The greatest doctor novel of all time . LIT, Münster 1999; ISBN 3-8258-4506-0 (together with Georg Bungter )
  • Rise and fall of a Bernese artilleryman: where we learn what loyalty is and what is German deceit . Paper mill, Basel 2000; ISBN 978-3-03735-095-9
  • When religion wasn't boring: the story of the desert fathers . Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Cologne 2001; ISBN 3-462-02982-7
  • Words from Chairman Gerhard . Small library, LIT, Münster 2002; ISBN 3-8258-6258-5
  • Joachim, I dread you! , Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Cologne 2004; ISBN 3-462-03369-7
  • Praise to stupidity. 15 reports with meaning . Collected Works Vol. 3, Münster a. a .: LIT, Münster 2005; ISBN 3-8258-5593-7
  • Why were the monks so fat? . Gütersloher publishing house 2005; ISBN 978-3-579-06928-9
  • Are you allowed to laugh at religion? . Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Cologne 2005; ISBN 3-462-03646-7
  • Brief Defense of the Holy Inquisition . Gütersloher publishing house, 2007; ISBN 978-3-579-06952-4
  • The emancipated nun. God's uncomfortable friends . Collected Works Vol. 4, 2nd edition, LIT, Münster 2007; ISBN 978-3-8258-6053-0
  • Stupidity is sin: Thomas Aquinas in an interview with Hans Conrad Zander . Patmos, Düsseldorf 2009; ISBN 978-3-491-72526-3
  • Antonius for taxpayers: The 14 best helpers in need for the modern soul . Gütersloher publishing house, 2009; ISBN 978-3-579-06889-3
  • The right way to lose faith . Collected Works Vol. 2, 3rd edition, LIT, Münster 2009; ISBN 978-3-88660-999-4
  • On the Religious Art of Being Offended: A Christian Guide to Islam. , LIT, Münster 2009; ISBN 978-3-8258-9411-5
  • Napoleon in the bathtub. The best of Zander's great Universal story . Collected Works Vol. 5, 3rd edition LIT, Münster 2011, ISBN 978-3-8258-6054-7
  • The first single: Jesus, the family enemy . Gütersloher publishing house, 2010; ISBN 978-3-641-05063-4
  • Seneca in the Gasometer: Most Sunday retreats . Gütersloher publishing house, 2012; ISBN 978-3-579-06585-4
  • Why I am immortal . Gütersloher publishing house, 2013; ISBN 978-3-579-06660-8
  • Zander fillets. A cultural history of Christianity in 25 unique pieces. Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2015. ISBN 978-3-579-07037-7


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Individual evidence

  1. WDR5 Zeitzeichen from 1973 - The King Stinks - by Hans-Conrad Zander
  2. Kirsten Dietrich: Dark chapter of church history illuminates . In: Deutschlandradio Kultur . March 28, 2007. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  3. Hans Conrad Zander: Why the Inquisition was right in the Galileo case . In: The world . January 18, 2008. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Book presentation by Patrick Grete at Solon-line. ( Memento of the original from March 2, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.solon-line.de