Wilfried Joest

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Wilfried Joest (born April 3, 1914 in Karlsruhe ; † December 31, 1995 in Erlangen ) was Professor of Systematic Theology in Neuendettelsau at the Augustana University from 1953 to 1956 and at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg from 1956 to 1981 .

At the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg he was the successor to Paul Althaus .

The theology of Martin Luther was of central importance for Joest , on which he wrote several studies and which had also significantly influenced his own theology. In addition, the clear presentation and the philosophical honesty of the Christian faith was very important to him. In addition to Gerhard Ebeling , Joest in particular was responsible for establishing fundamental theology as a sub-discipline of Protestant dogmatics, which until then was explicitly only the case in Catholic theology. For forty years (1955 to 1995) Joest was co-editor of Kerygma und Dogma (magazine for theological research and church teaching) , a magazine that is close to the theology of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany .

Karl-Friedrich Haag and Joachim Track are among his students .

Works (selection)

  • Dogmatics . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht,
  • The peace of God and the peace on earth. On the theological foundation of the ethics of peace . Neukirchener Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1990, ISBN 3-7887-1336-4 .
  • Fundamental theology . Theological basic and method problems . Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1988 3 , ISBN 3-17-010451-9 (Theological Science; 11).
  • Law and freedom. The problem of the tertius usus legis in Luther and the New Testament Parainese . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1968 4 .
  • Ontology of the person in Luther . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1967.


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