He was born at Neustadt-on-the-Aisch. He and was educated at Erlangen, where he afterwards taught in the gymnasium (1817), and became professor of theology in the university (1821). During the years 1845, 1847 and 1848 was the representative of his university in the diet at Munich.
His two great works were a Handbuch der Kirchengeschichte in 4 volumes (1833-1834), and a Dogmengeschichte in 2 volumes, (1839). Other works included a translation of the writings ascribed to Dionysius the Areopagite and Richard von St. Victor und Johannes Ruysbroek (1838). He died at Erlangen on September 13, 1855.