Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974
    Born in Darmstadt, Germany

  • 1993 – 1998
    Studied Catholic theology (Diplom degree) at Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany, and in Innsbruck, Austria

  • 1999 – 2003
    Lay pastor training in the Diocese of Mainz, Germany

  • 2003 – 2006
    Graduate studies scholarship from the Cusanuswerk (Catholic organisation for the promotion of young talent)

  • 2006
    Doctorate at the University of Münster, Germany, under the supervision of Jürgen Werbick

  • 2007 – 2013
    Research assistant to the chair in dogmatics (Josef Freitag) at the University of Erfurt, Germany

  • 2012
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Erfurt

  • 2013
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 2013 – 2018
    Professor of systematic theology in the Department of Catholic Theology at the University of Siegen, Germany

  • 2015 – 2016
    Fellow at the Max Weber Centre of University of Erfurt (Research Group "Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective")

  • Since 2018
    Professor of Systematic Theology (dogmatics) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Selected publications

  • Nachdenken über den Zweifel. Theologische Perspektiven, Ostfildern 2017.

  • „Zu gläubig“, um tolerant zu sein? Erkundungen im Spannungsfeld von Glaubensgewissheit, Zweifel und Toleranz. In: Kirschner, Martin; Ruhstorfer, Karlheinz (Hgg.): Die gegenwärtige Krise Europas. Theologische Antwortversuche, Freiburg 2018 (QD 291), 274–293.

  • Bedingungen des (Un-)Glaubens in einem "säkularen Zeitalter" (Ch. Taylor). in: ThG 59 (2016), 47-60.

  • Skizzen zu einer Theologie der Gabe. Rechtfertigung – Opfer – Eucharistie – Gottes- und Nächstenliebe, Freiburg 2013.

  • Die Theologie vor der Herausforderung durch die anderen religionsbezogenen Wissenschaften. In: Hoffmann, Veronika; Kleemann, Georg; Orth, Stefan (Hgg.): Unter Hochspannung. Die Theologie und ihre Kontexte, Freiburg u.a. 2012 (Theologie im Dialog; 8), 71-82.

  • Die Opfergabe Jesu Christi, in: JBTh 27 (2012), 295-320.

  • Vermittelte Offenbarung. Paul Ricoeurs Philosophie als Herausforderung der Theologie, Ostfildern 2007.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Faith, doubt, salvation, identity: A fundamental theology approach to redefining doubt

  • The reality of God

  • Charles Taylor and theology

  • Theology of the gift (Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) project and German Research Foundation (DFG) network, completed project)

  • (Descriptions of the projects are available at: https://www3.unifr.ch/dogmatik/de/forschung/hoffmann.html)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Society of Catholic Theology

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft katholische Dogmatik und Fundamentaltheologie im deutschen Sprachraum

Additional qualifications

  • Lay pastor training, 1999-2003, Diocese of Mainz

  • Experience in religious instruction and pastoral care in schools, 1999-2003, 2006/07


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Interested in research communication (formally by means of joint projects or more informally by means of regular exchange)


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