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Uta Ranke-Heinemann

German theologian and author, daughter of Gustav Heinemann

1927   -   2021

country of citizenship: Germany
languages spoken, written or signed: German, English, French
educated at: University of Oxford, University of Basel, University of Bonn, University of Montpellier, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
occupation: writer, theologian, university teacher

Uta Ranke-Heinemann (2 October 1927 – 25 March 2021) was a German theologian, academic, and author. In 1969, she was the first woman in the world to be habilitated in Catholic theology. She held a chair of ancient Church history and the New Testament at the University of Duisburg-Essen. When her license to teach was revoked by the bishop because of her critical position in matters of faith, the university created a nondenominational chair of History of Religion. Her 1988 book Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven, criticising the Catholic Church's stance on women and sexuality, was published in several editions, and translated in 12 languages. Her 1992 book Nein und Amen, revised in 2002, said there were "fairy tales you don't need to believe to have a living faith".
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