Michael Seewald

Professor of Dogmatic Theology and the History of Dogma, University of Münster

Portrait of Michael Seewald

Michael Seewald is Professor of Dogmatic Theology and the History of Dogma at the University of Münster. His research interests include theology of the Enlightenment, theories of doctrinal development and Catholic theological conceptions of politics. Amongst his corpus of publications are Dogma im Wandel. Wie Glaubenslehren sich entwickeln (Verlag Herder, 2018), a book that has been translated into numerous languages. The English version is published under the title Theories of doctrinal development in the Catholic Church (Cambridge University Press, 2023). Seewald is the chair of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, a long-term project funded by the Federal Government of Germany and the German Research Foundation. Michael Seewald was awarded the Karl Rahner Prize for Theological Research (2016), and he was the first theologian to be awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation (2017). Seewald, who holds both French and German citizenship, was educated at the University of Tübingen, where he received his diploma in theology and his M.A. in Philosophy and Politics (2009). He earned his Ph.D. and completed his habilitation at the University of Munich. In the academic year 2021–22, Seewald was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin.

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