Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. Thomas Schirrmacher, PhD, DD, (born 1960) is President of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights and Ambassador for Human Rights of the World Evangelical Alliance, speaking for appr. 600 million conservative Protestant Christians, chair of its theological commission, and director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn, Cape Town, Colombo), the largest research network for religious freedom and against persecution of Christians and others.
Schirrmacher is professor of the sociology of religion at the state University of the West in Timisoara (Romania) and Distinguished Professor of Global Ethics and International Development at William Carey University in Shillong (Meghalaya, India). He is also president of ‘Martin Bucer European Theological Seminary and Research Institutes’ with campuses e.g. in Bonn, Berlin, Zurich, Innsbruck, Prague and Istanbul, where he teaches ethics and comparative religions. Schirrmacher has given guest lectures at dozens of universities on all continents.
He studied theology from 1978 to 1982 at STH Basel (Switzerland) and since 1983 Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Religions at Bonn State University. He earned a Drs. theol. in Missiology and Ecumenics at Theological University (Kampen/Netherlands) in 1984, and a Dr. theol. in Missiology and Ecumenics at Johannes Calvin Foundation (Kampen/Netherlands) in 1985, a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Pacific Western University [today: California Miramar University] in Los Angeles (CA) in 1989, a Th.D. in Ethics at Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland (FL) in 1996, and a Dr. phil. in Comparative Religions / Sociology of Religion at State University of Bonn in 2007. In 1997 he received a honorary doctorates (D.D.) from Cranmer Theological House, in 2006 one from Acts University in Bangalore.
His newest books in German are on corruption (2014), suppressed women (2013), human rights (2012), human trafficking (2011), fundamentalism (2010), racism (2009), persecution of Christians in Iraq (2009), HIV/AIDS as Christian challenge (2008), internet pornography (2008), Hitler’s religion of war (2007), and multiculturalism (2007). His 92 books where published in 17 languages.
He reguarly testifies in the German parliament and other parliaments in Europe, in the EU parlament in Brussels, the OSCE in Vienna and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He is internationally active pro family and against abortion, especially on the UN level (as director of the Institute for Life and Family).
Schirrmacher has visited and worked with most of the heads of Christian churches, as well as leaders from all world religions. He met the old as well as the new Pope, the Ecumenical Patriarch as well as many other patriarchs on behalf of religious freedom. He is known for his role in the five years process leading towards the first ever joint statement by the Vatican (PCID), the World Council of Churches and World Evangelical Alliance on world mission and human rights, published mid 2011.
He is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, Dictionary of International Biography, International Who is Who of Professionals, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, Kürschners Gelehrten-Kalender and many other biographical yearbooks.