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Joseph Wittig

Joseph Wittig (January 22, 1879 – August 22, 1949) was a German theologian and writer born in Neusorge, a village in the district of Neurode, Silesia.

In 1903 he received his doctorate of theology from the University of Breslau, and was ordained a priest by Cardinal Georg von Kopp (1837-1914). Subsequently, he worked as a chaplain in Lauban, and from 1904 studied Christian art and architecture in Rome as a member of the German Archaeological Institute. In the meantime, he took part in a study trip to North Africa. being accompanied by theologian Franz Joseph Dölger (1879-1940). After returning to Germany, he served as a chaplain in Patschkau, followed by similar duties in Breslau.

In 1911 Wittig became an associate professor of church history and Christian archaeology, and in 1915 was a full professor of patrology, church history and Christian art at the theological faculty of the University of Breslau. In 1917-18 he attained the office of dean at the university.

Wittig is remembered for his work as a religious reformer at Breslau. His theological and literary ideas often placed him at odds with Catholic Church hierarchy. In 1922 he was the author of Die Erlösten (The Redeemed), an article that was openly critical of church dogma, and in 1925 published a book that was an historical reconstruction of the life of Jesus Christ. This latter work, Leben Jesu in Palästina, Schlesien und anderswo, was placed on the Church's index of banned books. In 1926 Wittig was excommunicated from the Church, and forced to resign his teaching position at Breslau. It wouldn't be until 1946 that he was able to receive official reconciliation with Church hierarchy.

Following his excommunication, he returned to Neusorge as a private scholar and writer. Here he was the author of numerous popular stories as well as religious-themed works. During this time period, he also worked as a chronicler in the district of Neurode.

With philosopher Martin Buber (1878-1965) and physiologist Viktor von Weizsäcker (1886-1957), he was co-editor of the magazine Die Kreatur, which was founded by Hans Ehrenberg and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy.

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Some of their strengths

Joseph Wittig has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Extroverted, Intelligent, Intellectual, Analytical, Imaginative, Adaptable, and Romantic.

Idealistic and Altruistic

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Joseph Wittig is someone who is an idealist and an altruist who possesses an innovative, intellectual, and analytical mind, and who approaches life in an optimistic and easygoing manner. A person who is known for being a good partner.

Soulful and Intuitive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Joseph Wittig well know them as someone who can be graceful, romantic, and reserved, like gentle rain.

Imaginative and Sentimental

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Joseph Wittig as someone who is imaginative, sentimental, and in touch with emotions.

A person who has extremely good memory and analytical skills, likes to make sure that everyone gets along, enjoys all kinds of situations and people, has a talent for travel and languages, and who makes lifelong friends.

Dynamic and Imaginative

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Joseph Wittig is someone who can bring a purifying element to situations, and who is a risk-taker with vision and imagination.

They are also someone who is charismatic, compassionate, and understanding, and who is interested in expressing themselves through writing, public speaking, or teaching.

Altruistic and Innovative

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Joseph Wittig tends to be someone who sacrifices things for the good of others and wants to do "good" in the world. Who is often thought of as an innovator or rebel who thrives when trying to chase a breakthrough of some sort, who has a clear and sound mind, and who can be charming and sociable.

Some of Joseph Wittig's challenges

While Joseph Wittig has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Joseph Wittig can be Irritable, Rebellious, Emotionally Distant, Arrogant, Status-seeking, Moody, and Pleasure-seeking.

Rebellious and Emotionally Distant

One of Joseph Wittig's key challenges is that they are someone who can be rebellious and emotionally distant.

Irritable and Moody

Joseph Wittig is someone who can be irritable and moody, have a tendency to experience self-doubt, be too secretive, can take too many risks, and who can have an extreme approach to managing personal finances.

Serious and Callous

Finally, Joseph Wittig also can be too giving, come across as too "high and mighty", and can have a hard time expressing feelings.

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