Church University of Berlin

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The Kirchliche Hochschule Berlin was a theological university of the Protestant Church in Berlin from 1945 to 1992 .


Logo of the Church University of Berlin

The college was founded in 1935 as a church college for Reformation theology, department Dahlem parallel to the church college for reformatory theology, department Elberfeld by Hans Asmussen on the initiative of Dahlem pastor Martin Niemöller of the Confessing Church . The decision to found these universities was preceded by the smashing of the theological faculties of the state universities - mainly the Bonn faculty around Karl Barth - by the National Socialists .

In the year it was founded, the Dahlem Church College was banned by the National Socialists, but could continue to operate illegally in Berlin-Zehlendorf until 1941 . Shortly after the end of the Second World War , it received a license to continue from the Allied Command , so that teaching was resumed in the winter semester 1945/46. Up until the construction of the Wall in August 1961, students from the Sprachenkonvikt in Berlin's eastern sector were also able to take part in the courses.

Among the teachers from the Confessing Church were Hans Asmussen , Martin Albertz , Edo Osterloh , Franz Hildebrandt , Wilhelm Niesel and Heinrich Vogel , Helmut Gollwitzer and Günther Harder , who also taught here after the Second World War. In addition to them, the college also included the systematists Otto Alexander Dilschneider (1904–1991), Erwin Reisner and Johannes Wirsching , the church historians Karl Kupisch and Gottfried Maron , the practical theologians Martin Fischer , Ernst Lange and Friedemann Merkel , and the Old Testament scholars Diethelm Michel (1931 –1999), Claus Westermann and Dieter Vieweger as well as the New Testament scholars Ernst Fuchs , Ulrich Wilckens and Walter Schmithals . From 1987 to 1992 Gerhard Besier held a chair for modern and contemporary church history at the KiHo.

How deeply the church college on Teltower Damm was rooted in church life in Berlin is proven by the fact that in 1960 the fourth bell of the Protestant church in Berlin-Zehlendorf was named the church college .

The Kirchliche Hochschule Berlin had the right to award doctorates and habilitation. It was a state-recognized scientific university. During the division of the city, it assumed the function of an evangelical-theological faculty for the western sectors of Berlin, as the existing Berlin evangelical-theological faculty at the Humboldt University was located in the eastern sector of Berlin. On October 1, 1992, the Church University Berlin-Zehlendorf merged with the theological faculty of the Humboldt University. The buildings of the former church college in Berlin are now used by the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Berlin .

Institutes of the Church University of Berlin


  • Theologia viatorum . Yearbook of the Church University of Berlin, 1948–1982 ISSN  0342-4235
  • Berlin Theological Journal (BThZ). Semi-annual publication for theology in the church / ed. on behalf of the Church University of Berlin, 1984 ff., ISSN  0724-6137



  • Task and path of the Church University Berlin 1939–1955 . Berlin 1956.

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Coordinates: 52 ° 25 ′ 24.2 ″  N , 13 ° 15 ′ 46.1 ″  E