Pistorius, Hermann Alexander

Pistorius, Hermann Alexander a Lutheran theologian of Germany, was born August 27, 1811, at Walbeck. He studied at Halle, was in 1843 preacher at Supplingen, near Magdeburg, and made himself conspicuous by his opposition against the so-called Friends of Light (q.v.), and by advocating the right of the Lutheran Church in the State Church of Prussia. In 1849 he left the State Church, having the year before published Aufruf an alle Lutheraner innerhalb der preussischen Landeskirche, became Lutheran preacher at Wernigerode, afterwards at Wollin, and finally superintendent at Breslau, where he had to pass through many trials. In 1863 he was called to Basedow, Mecklenburg, and died April 27, 1877. He published, Das christliche Leben in Liedern (Dresden, 1840): — Was und wo ist die lutherische Kirche? (Magdeburg, 1844): — Richtige Erklarung der Bibelstellen, etc. (1845): — Ueber Kraft und Form der Absolution (Leipsic, 1858). See Zuchold, Bibl. Theol. 2:998 sq. (B.P.)

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