Boos, Martin

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Boos, Martin Gender: M
born on 25 December 1762 at 00:00 (= 12:00 midnight )
Place Augsburg, Germany, 48n23, 10e53
Timezone LMT m10e53 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 03°15' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 19°10 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 02°31'

Martin Boos


German Roman Catholic theologian.

Orphaned at the age of four, he was reared by an uncle, who finally sent him to the University of Dillingen, where he studied under Sailer, Zimmer, and Weber. There he laid the foundation of the modest piety by which his whole life was distinguished. He had followed the extreme practices of asceticism as a penance for sin, all to no avail, as he believed, and then developed a doctrine of salvation by faith which came very near to pure Lutheranism. This he preached with great effect.

After serving as priest in several Bavarian towns, he was driven from Bavaria by the opposition of the ecclesiastical authorities and other priests. He made his way in 1799 to Linz in Austria, where he was welcomed by Bishop Gall, and set to work first at Leonding and then at Waldneukirchen, becoming in 1806 pastor at Gallneukirchen. His pietistic movement won considerable way among the Catholic laity, and even attracted some fifty or sixty priests.

The death of Gall and other powerful friends, however, exposed him to bitter enmity and persecution from about 1812, and he had to answer endless accusations in the consistorial courts. His enemies followed him when he returned to Bavaria, but in 1817 the Prussian government appointed him to a professorship at Düsseldorf, and in 1819 gave him the pastorate at Sayn near Neuwied. He died on 29 August 1825.

His autobiography was edited by Johannes Gossner (Leipzig, 1831, Eng. transl., London, 1836), who also issued two volumes of his sermons (Berlin, 1830).

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Martin Boos, der Prediger der Gerechtigkeit die vor Gott gilt: Sein Selbstbiograph" by Johannes Gossner (Tauchnitz, 1826), p. 1: "Martin Boos wurde den 25. Christmonat 1762 Nachts 12 Uhr (in der Christnacht) in Huttenried (an der Glänze von Ober« Baiein und Schwaben) geboren."

Translation: 'Martin Boos was born on the 25th of the month of Christ in 1762 at 12 o'clock in the night (on Christmas Eve) in Huttenried (born in the splendor of upper Bavaria and Swabia).'

Huttenried is part of Augsburg.


  • Vocation : Religion : Other Religion (Roman Catholic theologian)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer