David Diephouse

David Diephouse


  • B.A., History, Calvin College
  • M.A., History, Princeton University
  • Ph.D., History, Princeton University


Prof. Diephouse, who retired from teaching in 2013, is a former academic dean and also served the college in several other administrative capacities. He and his wife, Evelyn, a retired pastor, have three grown daughters and two granddaughters and a grandson. For relaxation he enjoys hiking, classical music, reading detective novels, and drinking fine tea. He is the oldest current member of the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, an amateur pianist and harpsichordist, and an unpublished poet.

Academic interests

Prof. Diephouse taught modern European history at Calvin for over thirty years. He was previously on the faculty at Rutgers University and has also served as a visiting instructor at Calvin Seminary. His primary area of interest is nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. Much of his research deals with the role of religion in German society and culture; he has published a number of studies on the Protestant churches in twentieth-century Germany, including Pastors and Pluralism in Württemberg 1918-1933 (Princeton University Press, 1987). He has been a visiting fellow at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany, and has received a variety of research grants, including support from the American Philosophical Society and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. 



Pastors and Pluralism in Württemberg, 1918-1933. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1987.

Articles and book chapters

“Selbsbehauptung und Selbsterneuerung: Der Evangelische Volksbund für Württemberg und die ‘Krise der Moderne,’ (1919-1933).” In Württembergs Protestantismus in der Weimarer Republik, edited by Rainer Lächele and Jörg Thierfelder, 199-212, 252-54. Stuttgart: Calwer Verlag, 2003.

“Theophil Wurm (1868-1953).” In Wir konnten uns nicht entziehen: 30 Porträts zu Kirche und Nationalsozialismus in Württemberg, edited by Rainer Lächele and Jörg Thierfelder. Stuttgart: Quell Verlag, 1998.

“Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte und Sozialgeschichte: (Rand) bemerkungen aus US-amerikanerischer Perspektive.” In Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte: Urteilsbildung und Methoden, edited by Anselm Doering-Manteuffel and Kurt Nowak, 230-47. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1996.

“Wanderer zwischen zwei Welten? Theophil Wurm und die Konstruktion eines protestantischen Gesellschaftsbildes nach 1945.” In Das evangelische Württemberg zwischen Weltkrieg und Wiederaufbau, edited by Rainer Lächele and Jörg Thierfelder, 48-70. Stuttgart: Calwer Verlag, 1995. 

“Between Mobilization and Marginality: The Württemberg Evangelical Volksbund and the Quest for a ‘Living Parish,’ 1919-1934.” Fides et Historia 21:3 (Fall 1989): 49-67.

“The Triumph of Hitler’s Will.” In The Cult of Power: Dictators in the Twentieth Century, edited by Joseph Held, 51-76. New York: Columbia University Press, 1983.

“Science, Industry and Art: Gottfried Semper’s Search for the Juste Mileu.”Journal of the Rutgers University Library 40 (June 1978): 14-31.

“The ‘German Catastrophe’ Revisited: Civil Religion in the Third Reich.” Fides et Historia 7:2 (Spring 1975): 54-74.


with John C. Decker. Early American Railroads: Franz Anton Ritter von Gerstner's "Die Innern Communicationen" (1842-1843), edited by Frederick C. Gamst. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1997. 

Edited and Translated. Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl, The Natural History of the German PeopleLewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1990.

Contributor to

Lift Up Your Hearts: Resources for Worship.Grand Rapids, MI: CRC Publications, 1995.
Complete Library of Christian Worship. Nashville: Morningstar, 1992-1994.
Authentic Worship in a Changing Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: CRC Publications, 1997.
Psalter Hymnal Handbook. Grand Rapids, MI: CRC Publications, 1998.
The Worship Sourcebook. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004.

Other essays and reviews in

American Historical ReviewThe BannerCalvin Theological JournalChristian Educator JournalChristian Scholar's ReviewChurch HistoryComputers and the HumanitiesFranciaGerman Studies Review,Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Journal of Church and StateJournal of Modern HistoryPerspectives,Reformed JournalReformed WorshipTheologische Literaturzeitung, Theology Today.

Learn more about Calvin's excellent faculty and learning environment by scheduling a campus visit.

Visit »

  • Course code:
  • Credits:
  • Semester:
  • Department: