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Bloesch, Donald G. (b. 1928)

  1. Christopher C. Emerick

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0165

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Emerick, C. C. 2011. Bloesch, Donald G. (b. 1928). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Donald Bloesch was born on May 3, 1928 in Bremen, Indiana, USA. His father ministered in a local German evangelical church affiliated with the Evangelical Synod of North America. Bloesch's grandfathers also ministered in this Synod, as did Reinhold Niebuhr, a close friend of Bloesch's father. After a series of mergers, the Evangelical Synod eventually incorporated with the United Churches of Christ (UCC). Bloesch remains an ordained (since 1953) and occasionally dissatisfied member of the UCC. Upon graduating high school, Bloesch entered Elmhurst College and then continued his studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. After completing the Bachelor of Divinity degree, he pursued doctoral studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he studied under Charles Hartshorne and Wilhelm Pauck, among others, successfully defending his dissertation, “Reinhold Niebuhr's reevaluation of the apologetic task,” in 1956. The following year he began teaching at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where he remains on the faculty as professor of theology emeritus.


  • Bloesch, Donald G. (b. 1928);
  • evangelical synod;
  • united churches of christ (UCC);
  • Bloesch's ecumenicity, irenic scholarship;
  • seven volumes, christian foundations;
  • doctrines of christ and holy spirit;
  • roman catholics and eastern orthodox