Ulrich Kühn (theologian)

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Ulrich Kühn (born March 16, 1932 in Halle (Saale) ; † November 29, 2012 in Leipzig ) was a German Lutheran theologian.


Ulrich Kühn sang in the Leipzig Thomanerchor for four years from 1945 . From 1949 to 1954 he studied Protestant theology at the University of Leipzig , especially with Ernst Sommerlath . It was in 1958 at the University of Leipzig with the work nature and grace in the German Catholic theology since 1918 to Dr. theol. PhD. In 1965 he became scientific director of the newly founded denominational research center of the Evangelical Union in the GDR. In 1963 he qualified as a professor for systematic theology at the University of Leipzig with the text Via caritatis. Theology of the law in Thomas Aquinas . He was ordained in 1964 . Unlike his colleague Ingetraut Ludolphy , Kühn was expelled from the University of Leipzig in 1964 due to a secret collection of money (to pay the lawyers) for two teachers of the theological faculty, which the Ministry for State Security did not hide .

In 1967 he became a university lecturer for systematic theology at the Language Convict of the Evangelical Church in Berlin, and from 1969 to 1983 also worked at the Theological Seminary in Leipzig. In 1983 Kühn became a full professor for systematic theology at the University of Vienna . In 1987 he took on a teaching position for systematic theology at the Church University of Leipzig and was appointed honorary professor for systematic theology at the University of Vienna. After a professorship for systematic theology in 1991/92 at the Kirchliche Hochschule Leipzig, he was professor for systematic theology with special consideration of dogmatics and ecumenics at the theological faculty of the University of Leipzig until his retirement in 1997.

In 1995 he became a full member of the Philological-Historical Class of the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig. He was a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC from 1968 to 1991 .

Although Lutheran he taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome . He was committed to the implementation of communion for Catholic and Protestant Christians.

Kühn's book On the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue. Basic questions of an ecumenical understanding (2005) are "like a small testament of this great and deserving Lutheran theologian, who is one of the pioneers of the Evangelical-Catholic ecumenical movement," said Karl Lehmann .

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  1. K. Lehmann, Auslotungen. Freiburg i. Br. 2016. p. 267.