Church historian

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As church historians are historians of the Department of Church History called. Most of these historians are theologians by training .

The foundation of the modern scientific church historiography came from the Magdeburg Centuria , which appeared from 1559 , initiated by the theologian Matthias Flacius . The main processor was Johannes Wigand .

Cardinal Cesare Baronio is considered the father of modern Roman Catholic church history , who gave lectures at the oratorio meetings on behalf of St. Philip Neri , which later became the standard work of the Annales , which can be seen as an alternative to the Centuries.

The authors of the late antique and medieval “church stories”, who are also often referred to as church historians, are not scientists in the modern sense .

Important church historians

Modern times

Church contemporary history

See also


  • Manfred Heim: Introduction to Church History . 2. actual Ed., CH Beck, Munich 2009, ISBN 3406582974
  • Church contemporary history. International half-yearly publication for theology and history, since 1988,
  • Issue 1/2009: "Spiritual Stories." New perspectives in (church) historiography
  • Dirk Fleischer: Between tradition and progress. The structural change of Protestant church historiography in the German-speaking discourse of the Enlightenment, 2 vol., Waltrop 2006.

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