Conrad Henry Moehlman

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Conrad Henry Moehlman

Conrad Henry Moehlman (May 26, 1879 – September 19, 1961) was an American professor of church history at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, where he was emeritus professor. A Baptist and known as theologically liberal, he was a strong proponent of the separation of church and state and wrote a number of books religion and education, church history and Christianity.


Moehlman was born in Meriden, Connecticut.[1]

He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1902 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[2] He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Baptist Rochester Theological Seminary in 1905 and two years later, began teaching Hebrew and Old Testament history there.[1] Moehlman received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1918.[2] After the departure of Walter Rauschenbusch, Moehlman became the professor of church history at Rochester, which later merged with Colgate University. An active member of the American Society of Church History, Moehlman was the organization's president in 1933.[1]

After retiring from Colgate Rochester in 1944, he went on to teach at the University of Rochester, the University of Southern California and Oberlin College.[1]

Theologically liberal, Moehlman was dedicated to the separation of church and state. He wrote a number of books on Christianity, religion and education, and church history.[1][3]

He was married to Bertha Young Moehlman. His son, Arthur Henry Moehlman (1907–1978) was a professor of history and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.[4] Moehlman died in Avon Park, Florida in 1961.[1]

Publications (partial list)[edit]

  • Is the Study of the History of Christianity Practical? (1925)
  • A Syllabus Of The History of Christianity (1926)
  • The Christian-Jewish tragedy: A Study in Religious Prejudice (1933)
  • Baptist View of the State (1935)
  • The American Constitutions and Religion: Religious References in the Charters of the Thirteen Colonies and the Constitutions of the Forty-eight States (1938)
  • In Defense of the American Way of Life (1939)
  • School and Church: the American Way — An Historical Approach to the Problem of Religious Instruction in Public Education (1944)
  • The Wall of Separation Between Church and State: An Historical Study of Recent Criticism of the Religious Clause of the First Amendment (Beacon Studies in Freedom and Power) (1951)
  • Ordeal by Concordance: An Historical Study of a Recent Literary Invention (1955)
  • How Jesus became God;: An Historical Study of the Life of Jesus to the Age of Constantine (1960)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Robert T. Handy, Conrad Henry Moehlman obituary Church History (1962). Vol. 31, p. 234. doi:10.1017/S0009640700115033. Retrieved October 1, 2013 (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b The Michigan Alumnus University of Michigan, Vol. XXXVI, No. One (October 5, 1929), p. 201. Retrieved September 30, 2013
  3. ^ Philip Hamburger, Separation of Church and State Harvard University Press (2002), p. 454. ISBN 0-674-00734-4. Retrieved September 30, 2013
  4. ^ Moehlman, Arthur Henry Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved October 2, 2013