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David Berger

David Berger

German theologian
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Intro German theologian
Countries Germany
Occupations Theologian University teacher Philosopher
Gender male
Birth 8 March 1968 (Würzburg)
Star sign Pisces
Politics Christian Democratic Union
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David Berger (born 8 March 1968 in Würzburg) is a German theologian, author and former gay activist.


From 1991 to 1998 Berger studied philosophy, Roman Catholic theology and German language and literature in Würzburg, Cologne and Dortmund. Berger is a German neo-Thomist and a former professor of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, though the Catholic Church has since revoked his ability to teach religion. Before that time, he worked as a religious education teacher at a high school in Erftstadt, Germany. Until February 2015 he was the editor-in-chief of the gay periodical MÄNNER (Berlin). A supporter of the right-wing anti-migration party AFD, Berger has distanced himself from the German LGBT movement.

In 2010, Berger wrote in his book Der heilige Schein: Als schwuler Theologe in der katholischen Kirche (“The holy sham: A gay theologian in the Catholic church”), that 20 to 40 percent of the Catholic clergy are homosexual.

Works by Berger

  • Natur und Gnade in systematischer Theologie und Religionspädagogik von der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zur Gegenwart. S. Roderer. Regensburg 1998. ISBN 3-89073-980-6.
  • Thomas von Aquin und die Liturgie. Ed. Thomisticae. Cologne 2000. ISBN 3-89811-286-1 (translation in English and French).
  • Thomismus. Große Leitmotive der thomistischen Synthese und ihre Aktualität für die Gegenwart. Ed. Thomisticae. Cologne 2001. ISBN 3-8311-1620-2.
  • Thomas von Aquins „Summa theologiae“. Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. Darmstadt 2004. ISBN 3-534-17456-9.
  • Was ist ein Sakrament? Der hl. Thomas von Aquin und die Sakramente im allgemeinen. Franz Schmitt. Siegburg 2004. ISBN 3-87710-278-6.
  • Thomas von Aquin begegnen. Sankt-Ulrich. Augsburg 2002. ISBN 3-929246-77-5 (translation in Hungarian: Budapest 2008).
  • In der Schule des hl. Thomas von Aquin. Studien zur Geschichte des Thomismus. nova et vetera. Bonn 2005. ISBN 3-936741-30-1.
  • Der heilige Schein: Als schwuler Theologe in der katholischen Kirche. 2010. ISBN 978-3-550-08855-1.
  • Editor:
    • Karl Rahner - Kritische Annäherungen. Franz Schmitt. Siegburg 2004. ISBN 3-87710-280-8.
    • together with Jörgen Vijgen: Thomistenlexikon. nova et vetera. Bonn 2006. ISBN 3-936741-37-9.
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