Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. Thomas Schirrmacher, PhD, DD, (born 1960) is Ambassador for human rights and executive chair of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, speaking for appr. 600 million Christians. He is also director of its International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn, Cape Town, Colombo). He is member of the board of the International Society for Human Rights.
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 in Meghalaya (India). He is also president of ‘Martin Bucer European Theological Seminary and Research Instituts’ with small campuses in Berlin, Bielefeld, Bonn, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Linz, Pforzheim, Zurich, Prague and Istanbul, where he teaches ethics and comparative religions.
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 got honorary doctorates (D.D.) from Cranmer Theological House, in 2006 from Acts University in Bangalore.
His newest German books are on human trafficking (2011), fundamentalism (2010), racism (2009), persecution of Christian in Iraq (2009), HIV/AIDS as Christian challenge (2008), internet pornography (2008), Hitlers religion of war (2007), multiculturalism (2007). His 92 books where published in 16 languages.
He is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, Dictionary of International Biography, International Who is Who of Professio nals, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, Kürschners Deutscher Gelehrten-Kalender and many other biographical yearbooks.