Julius Müller (theologian)

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Julius Müller (born April 10, 1801 in Brieg , † September 27, 1878 in Halle ) was a German Protestant theologian .

His brothers were Karl Otfried Müller (1797-1840) and Eduard Müller (1804-1875).

Müller studied in Breslau , Göttingen and Berlin , first Law , then Protestant theology . In 1825 he became pastor in Schönbrunn, Strehlen district ( Lower Silesia ), where he initially campaigned against the introduction of the Prussian Union . In 1831 he was appointed university preacher in Göttingen, where he completed his habilitation. In 1835 he was appointed professor of dogmatics in Marburg , where he was rector in 1838/39 . In 1839 he moved to the theological faculty of the University of Halle . Here he became an influential defender of the Prussian Union in terms of church politics, for which he drafted a doctrinal basis at the general synod of 1846 . His book on the Evangelical Union of 1854 also tried to prove that the confessions of Lutherans and Reformed people basically matched. In 1848 he took part in the founding of the German Protestant Church Congress. In 1850, together with August Neander and Karl Immanuel Nitzsch, he founded the German magazine for Christian science and Christian life (until 1861), a leading organ of mediation theology . However, Müller can only be assigned to this school to a limited extent. The influence of the Awakening Movement is just as evident, thanks largely to his close relationship with his faculty colleague August Tholuck . Especially in his main work on the theological doctrine of sin , he shows himself to be an opponent of liberalism because he sees the striving for autonomy as the origin of sin.

During his professorship in Halle (Saale) he became an honorary philistine of the Hallenser Wingolf .


  • The Christian life, its development, its struggles and its consummation. Depicted in a series of sermons given in the University Church of Göttingen. J. Max et al. Komp., Breslau 1834; 3. verb. Edition ibid. 1847.
  • The Christian doctrine of sin. J. Max et al. Komp., Breslau 1839–1844 ( digitized volume 1 ; volume 1, new edition ; volume 2 ); 3. increased u. verb. Edition ibid. 1847.
  • Testimony of Christ and of the way to him for those who seek. Sermons. J. Max et al. Komp., Breslau 1846 ( digitized version ).
  • The relation of dogmatic theology to the anti-religious tendencies of the present time. Breslau 1843. ( digitized in the digital library Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania).
  • The first general synod of the Evangelical Church in Prussia. (1847).
  • Pauli's letter to the Galatians explained in Bible studies. With a foreword by Dr. Nitzsch . Agency of the Rough House, Hamburg 1853.
  • The Evangelical Union, its essence and divine right. Wiegandt & Grieben, Berlin 1854 ( digitized version ).
  • Dogmatic Treatises. Müller, Bremen 1870 ( digitized ).


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Individual evidence

  1. Gottfried Nagel: Lutheran wrestling at the Rummelsberge . Lutheran Book Association, Breslau 1936.
  2. ^ Rector's speeches (HKM) .