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August Friedrich Christian Vilmar

1800-1868. German Lutheran theologian. Vilmar's studies at Marburg (1818-20) led him to embrace Rationalism, a creed which he found increasingly less satisfying over the course of the next two decades. He began his career as a secondary school teacher in Rotenburg (1823), Hersfeld (1827), and Marburg (1833). Elected as a liberal candidate to the newly formed parliament of Hesse and appointed to a ministerial committee for religious education, he contributed significantly to the improvement of the quality of religious instruction and general education in Hesse.