Harm Klueting

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Harm Klueting (2017)

Harm Klueting (born March 23, 1949 in Iserlohn ) is a German historian , theologian , university professor and Roman Catholic priest . His research interests are church history and general history of the early modern period . He has also submitted works on the history of Westphalia .

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Harm was born as the son of Hermann Klueting (1920–2017) and Esther Hanna Lydia Klueting, b. Grabow was born in Iserlohn. After attending the Hohenlimburg elementary school, he went to the Friedrich-Harkort-Gymnasium in Herdecke . He left this prematurely and completed an apprenticeship as a bookseller. Later, with a special license from the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs , Klueting obtained the general university entrance qualification before taking the supplementary examinations for the secondary school leaving certificate in Latin (large Latinum ), Greek ( Graecum ) and Hebrew ( Hebraicum ).

From 1969 onwards, Klueting studied history, historical auxiliary sciences , Slavic studies , German studies , Protestant and Catholic theology , law and canon law at the universities in Bochum and Cologne , the Church University of Wuppertal , as well as in Edinburgh , Münster and at the Catholique Institute in Paris . In 1974 in Bochum he received his doctorate in Slavic studies as a doctor of philosophy. In 1978 he completed his history studies in Cologne with a master's degree in Middle and Modern History. From 1981 to 1983 he was a postdoctoral fellow from the German Research Foundation . In 1984 he completed his habilitation in Modern History at the University of Cologne, where he became a private lecturer .

In 1984 he was elected as a full member of the Historical Commission for Westphalia . This was followed by substitute professorships at the University of Osnabrück for Early Modern History from 1985 to 1987, at the University of Bonn (Chair Konrad Repgen ) in 1989/90 and at the University of Göttingen in Modern History 1990/91. In 1989 Klueting was appointed adjunct professor at the University of Cologne. This was followed by a teaching position at the College of Education in Halle an der Saale for modern history as well as visiting professorships at the University of Leicester in England in 1991 and at Emory University in Atlanta in the USA, each in modern history.

In 1998 Klueting graduated from the University of Münster with a degree in Protestant theology. He was ordained in the Evangelical Church in 2000 . In the 2001/02 winter semester he was visiting professor for church history at the Theological Faculty of the University of Zurich . In 2002 he received a chair for church history at the Protestant Theological Institute (Institutul Teologic Protestant) in Sibiu , Romania . In the following year he did his doctorate in church history at the Evangelical Theological Faculty of the University of Münster. He qualified as a professor in 2004 for church and dogma history by re- teaching from Sibiu to the Augustana University in Neuendettelsau .

In 2004 , Klueting converted to the Roman Catholic Church . In 2005 he received the papal nostrification of his theological doctorate in terms of the apostolic doctorate. In 2007 he received his habilitation from Neuendettelsau to the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Friborg (Switzerland) for Medieval and Modern History. On 28 September 2009 he was in the archdiocese of Cologne for deacon ordained. From November 2009 to February 2011, as a Catholic deacon, Klueting was a member of the pastoral care team of St. Pantaleon in Cologne , although, according to his own statement , he is not closely connected with Opus Dei , which provides the parish clergy. On February 22nd, 2011, despite the fact that he was married, Klueting received an exemption according to can.  1047 § 2 No. 3 CIC by the Cologne Cardinal and Archbishop Joachim Meisner the ordination and was incardinated as a diocesan priest in the clergy of the Archdiocese of Cologne .

Klueting is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cologne (Philosophical Faculty, Historical Institute) and at the same time an associated member of the Institute for Catholic Theology of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Cologne for the subject of Historical Theology (Middle and Modern Church History). Klueting is active as a pastor in the Catholic University Community (KHG) in Cologne and regards student pastoral care as a major concern. After being ordained a priest, he was made a subsidiar in the Cologne University Pastoral Care.

Harm Klueting is married to Edeltraud Klueting , who is also a historian and Catholic theologian and heads the Third Order of the German Province of the Carmelites . She also converted to the Catholic Church. The couple have two grown children.

Klueting's intellectual and religious role models are Edith Stein and Dietrich Bonhoeffer , whom he compared with one another in a double biography published in 2006. He is editor of the series Historia profana et ecclesiastica , published by Lit Verlag , with monographs and collections of articles on general history and on Protestant and Catholic theology and church history from the age of denominationalization up to the 19th century, to which he himself contributed several volumes, and is co-editor the Innsbruck historical studies . He writes regularly for Die Tagespost , for which he writes , among other things, tributes to the founder of Opus Dei, Josemaría Escrivá , whom he compares with Martin Luther in his reviews of a multi-volume work on Opus Dei's theology and whose organization he protects against critics takes.

Fonts (selection)

Church history
  • Luther and the modern age. Primus, Darmstadt 2011, ISBN 978-3-89678-857-3 .
  • Pious women as learned women. Education, science and art in the feminine religiosity of the Middle Ages and modern times (= Libelli Rhenani. Writings of the Archbishop's Diocesan and Cathedral Library on Rhenish Church and State History and Book and Library History, Volume 37; co-editor, with Edeltraud Klueting). Archbishop's Diocesan and Cathedral Library, Cologne 2010, ISBN 978-3-939160-30-4 .
  • The Catholic Enlightenment in Austria or the Habsburg lands. In: Ulrich L. Lehner, Michael Printy (Eds.): A Compagnion to the Catholic Enlightenment in Europe. Brill, Leiden 2010, pp. 127-164.
  • The confessional age. Europe between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age. Church history and general history (2 vols.); Vol. 1: Primus, Darmstadt 2007, ISBN 978-3-89678-337-0 ; Vol. 2 (Notes and Literature): LIT, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-8258-0360-5 .
  • Dioceses and diocese borders from the early Middle Ages to the present (co-ed., With Edeltraud Klueting and Hans-Joachim Schmidt). Herder, Rome 2006, ISBN 978-3-451-26857-1 .
  • Edith Stein and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Two ways in following Christ. Johannes-Verlag, Leutesdorf 2004, ISBN 3-7794-1499-6 (taken over from Paulinus-Verlag, Trier, ISBN 978-3-7902-2049-0 ).
  • Reformatio vitae. Johann Jakob Fabricius (1618 / 20–1673). A contribution to confessionalization and social discipline in Lutheranism in the 17th century. LIT, Münster 2003, ISBN 3-8258-7051-0 (Theol. Diss. Uni Münster).
  • Public proclamation and administration of the sacrament in honorary office in the member churches of the EKD. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2002, ISBN 3-17-017208-5 .
  • "Quidquid est in territorio, etiam est de teritorio". Josephine state church as rational territorialism. In: Der Staat 37 (1998), pp. 417-434.
  • Walzer, Josef, P. Raphael. In: Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL). Volume 35, Bautz, Nordhausen 2014, ISBN 978-3-88309-882-1 , Sp. 1495-1510.
General history of modern times
  • 200 years of the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss. Secularization, Mediatization and Modernization between the Old Reich and the New Statehood (Ed.). Aschendorff, Münster 2005, ISBN 3-402-05616-X .
  • The empire and its territorial states in the 17th and 18th centuries (co-ed., With Wolfgang Schmale). LIT, Münster 2004, ISBN 3-8258-7414-1 .
  • Irenik and anti-confessionalism in the 17th and 18th centuries (ed.). Olms, Hildesheim 2003, ISBN 3-487-11940-4 .
  • The Empire and Austria 1648–1740. LIT, Münster 1999, ISBN 3-8258-4280-0 .
  • Josephinism. Selected sources on the history of the Theresian-Josephine reforms. Knowledge Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 1995, ISBN 3-534-02340-4 .
  • Catholic Enlightenment - Enlightenment in Catholic Germany (ed.). Meiner, Hamburg 1993, ISBN 3-7873-1107-6 .
  • The Denominational Age 1525–1648. Ulmer, Stuttgart 1989, ISBN 3-8001-2611-7 .
  • The doctrine of the power of states. The foreign policy power problem in “political science” and in practical politics in the 18th century. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1986, ISBN 3-428-06052-0 (Habil.-Schrift Uni Köln).
  • The Duchy of Westphalia. Vol. 1: The Electoral Cologne Duchy of Westphalia from the beginnings of Cologne rule in southern Westphalia to the secularization of 1803 (co-publisher, with Jens Foken). Aschendorff, Münster 2009, ISBN 978-3-402-12827-5 ; Vol. 2 (in 2 Tl.-Vol.): The former Electoral Cologne Duchy of Westphalia in the area of ​​today's districts of Hochsauerland, Olpe, Soest and Märkischer Kreis (19th and 20th centuries) (co-publisher, with Jens Foken). Aschendorff, Münster 2012, ISBN 978-3-402-12862-6 .
  • History of Westphalia. The land between the Rhine and Weser from the 8th to the 20th century. Bonifatius, Paderborn 1998, ISBN 3-89710-050-9 .
  • History of the city and office of Medebach (Hochsauerland). City of Medebach, Medebach 1994.
  • Johann Suibert Seibertz : (1788–1871). Life and work of the Westphalian historian. Exhibition catalog, Brilon 1988.
  • Secularization in the Duchy of Westphalia 1802–1832. Preparation, execution and economic and social effects of the abolition of the monastery. Böhlau, Cologne 1980, ISBN 3-412-06979-5 .
Slavic Studies
  • The Dutch embassy to Moscow in 1630/31. Edition of the Russian protocols and their Dutch translations. With palaeographic and linguistic description. A contribution to the Russian chancellery language (Prikaznyj Jazyk) of the 17th century. Hakkert, Amsterdam 1976, ISBN 90-256-0756-X (Phil. Diss. Uni Bochum).


  • Short biography (with selected bibliography) in: Harm Klueting (Hrsg.): Das Herzogtum Westfalen. Vol. 1: The Cologne Duchy of Westphalia from the beginnings of Cologne rule in southern Westphalia to secularization in 1803. Münster 2009, ISBN 978-3402-12827-5 , pp. 922f.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Harm Klueting Homepage , accessed on January 11, 2019.
  2. a b Raimund Neuss: Meisner ordains father and husband as priests. In: General-Anzeiger , February 21, 2011, accessed on January 11, 2019.
  3. a b c Report from the Archdiocese of Cologne from February 21, 2011 ( Memento from September 10, 2012 in the web archive archive.today ).
  4. Edeltraud Klueting Homepage , accessed on January 11, 2019.
  5. Joseph Overath: Book review on Harm Klueting, Edith Stein and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In: Theologisches , Vol. 36, No. 5/6 (May / June 2006), Col. 190–192.
  6. Publishing information , accessed on January 11, 2019.
  7. Harm Klueting: The saint of the everyday. In: Die Tagespost , January 2, 2019, accessed on January 5, 2019.