Edmund Schlink (3 March 1903 – 20 May 1984) was a leading German Lutheran theologian in the modern ecumenical movement, especially in the World Council of Churches. An influential teacher, pastor (since 1932), and professor (1946-1971), he was also a leading participant in several official ecumenical dialogues for more than forty years. The author of a weighty dogmatics text, five additional important books, and numerous essays, sermons, and addresses, this second-generation "ecumenical pioneer of the 20th Century" (Gassmann) was the central systematic-historical theologian at Heidelberg University between 1946 and his death in 1984.
Matthew L. Becker, “Edmund Schlink (1903-1984),” in Twentieth-Century Lutheran Theologians, ed. Mark Mattes, 195-222 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck &Ruprecht, 2013)
Matthew L. Becker, “Edmund Schlink on Theological Anthropology, the Law, and the Gospel,” Lutheran Quarterly 24 (Summer 2010), 151-82
Matthew L. Becker, “Edmund Schlink (1903-1984),” Lutheran Quarterly 23 (Winter 2009), 406-38
Jochen Eber, Einheit der Kirche als dogmatisches Problem bei Edmund Schlink, 1993
Eugene M. Skibbe, A Quiet Reformer: An Introduction to Edmund Schlink's Life and Ecumenical Theology, 1999
Jochen Eber, Edmund Schlink 1903-1984, Ein Leben für die Einheit der Kirche, in Edmund Schlink, Schriften zu Ökumene und Bekenntnis, Band I, 2004.
The series of collected writings edited by Klaus Engelhardt and others, published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Edmund Schlink, Schriften zu Ökumene und Bekenntnis, Vol. 1 (2004), Vol. 2 (2005), Vol. 3 (2007), Vol. 4 (2008), and Vol. 5 (2010).
The American Edition of Schlink's writings, edited and translated by Matthew L. Becker, published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, is forthcoming.