Helmut Thielicke

Helmut Thielicke (1908–1986) was a prominent German Protestant theologian, ethicist, and preacher. Thousands were drawn to hear him preach regularly at St. Michaelis Church in Hamburg, where he taught at the University for nearly 25 years.

He was refused a university teaching post after completing his postdoctoral habilitation at Erlangen in 1935 because of pressure by the Nazi regime concerning his connection with the Confessing Church. A year later he secured a professorship in systematic theology in Heidelberg, where he also met his Marie–Luise. They had four children.

Thielicke was dismissed from his post in 1940, after interrogations by the Gestapo, and conscripted into the army. Medically discharged 9 months later he began pastoral work in Ravensburg. Between 1942 and 1944 he traveled frequently on preaching and lecturing tours. Many of his messages were anonymously translated in Switzerland into several languages and read on various fronts during the war.

Immediately following the war he taught at the University of Tübingen, and in 1951 was made head of the university and president of the chancellors’ conference. In 1954, Thielicke was called to Hamburg to found a new theological faculty, where he acted as dean and professor.

He got to know Billy Graham during lecture tours in the United States, and was received by Jimmy Carter in 1977. His international travels in the 1960s and 1970s included visitations to Asia, South Africa, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.

Titles currently available from Helmut Thielicke:

Helmut Thielicke, The Silence of God

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Helmut Thielicke, Between God & Satan

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Coming soon from Helmut Thielicke:

  • Chinese Traditional and Simplified script editions of The Silence of God and Between God and Satan (Summer 2011)

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