Hunnius, Nikolaus son of AEgidius Hunnius, was born at Marburg July 11, 1585. He studied philology, philosophy, and theology at Wittenberg, where he began lectures on theology and philosophy in 1609. In 1612 he went as superintendent to Eilenburg, and in 1617 returned to Wittenberg as professor, in the place of Hutter (q.v.). In 1623 he became head pastor of the Church of Mary at Lubeck, and superintendent of the Church in the same city the following year. He died April 12, 1643. He resembled his father as well in his attachment to the Lutheran orthodoxy as in his learning and controversial powers. He devised the plan of a Collegium Irenicum, which was called, after him, "Collegium Hunnianum," and which was to form a supreme tribunal in all theological disputes. He was also distinguished as an able opponent of Popery. His principal works are, Ministerii Lutherani divini adeoque legitimi demonstratio (Witteub. 1614): — Examen errorum Photinianorum (1618, 1620): — Epitome credendorum (Wittenberg, 1625; 18 eds., and translated into Dutch, Swedish, and Polish): — Διάσχεψις theol. de fundamentali dissensu doctrinae evangel. Lutheranae et Calvlinianae (Wittenb. 1626): — Bedenkent ob u. wie d. is d. Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche d.
schwebende Religionstreitigkeit beilegen od fortstellen u. endigen misgen (Lub. 1632, 1638,1666,1667): — Anweisung zum rechten Christenthum (Lub. 1637 and 1643). See Heller, Lebensbeschreibung (1843); Pierer, Universal Lex. vol. 8; Herzog, Real Encyklop. 6, 321 sq.; Kurtz, Ch. Hist. 2, 201.