Bernhard Philberth and Karl Philberth: independent physicists, engineers, and Catholic priests.

This website provides informationen about the life and work of Bernhard Philberth und Karl Philberth:
short biographies, an overview of their monographs, recorded talks and interviews as well as a detailed bibliography.


  • 2020-04-30: “Worlds without Limit” by Bernhard Philberth now available as e-book

    The absolute Truths of the Christian faith have been taught by the Church for two thousand years. They are not based on human wisdom and do not depend on changing human knowledge. And yet they always have to be proclaimed in a language which is comprehensible to the thinking of the time. Thus theological interpretations relevant at specific times keep being reassessed. The contemporary spirit is shaped by scientific knowledge. However, truly progressive scientific thinking preserves and confirms the traditional truth.

    Setting out from the Revelation to John, the Apocalypse, a renowned scientist shows that it is precisely the new thinking in science which reveals a vision of the truths of Christian faith and the teaching of the Church of unexpected richness. New interpretations of the old teaching are suggested. New interpretations have always been necessary and have always brought grave crises, from Thomas Aquinas, Giordano Bruno, Galileo Galilei, Friedrich Wöhler and others, up to this day. Coming to terms with change has always taken years, even centuries. Each time these dramatic conflicts led to the understanding of the truths on a higher level. With the current very high standard of science this is the case to an extent never before imagined.

    The new understanding of timeless truths sometimes needs to be expressed in unusual, even odd terms. This must not be a reason to leave the interpretation of new scientific knowledge to ideologues. The Church is called and enabled to proclaim the divine truth unabridged.

    There is one truth that unites faith and knowledge.

    “Worlds without Limit” by Bernhard Philberth († 2010) is based on the German book “Offenbarung” as well as the book “Revelation”, which is a partial translation of “Offenbarung”. Both books were published more than 25 years ago in 1994 by BAC Australia, Plumpton.

    The first, third, and fourth part of this e-book, namely “The Sovereign”, “The Creation”, and “The Human”, contain completely revised versions of the corresponding chapters in “Revelation”.

    A selection of chapters contained in part two and three of “Offenbarung”, namely “Das Weltall” and “Die Weltwerdung”, have been combined into a single part named “The Universe”, both in “Revelation” and this e-book. However, each of these books contains a different selection of chapters.

  • 2020-03-25: News from the PH Foundation

    The PH Foundation for the education of underprivileged young people in the Republic of the Philippines was founded in 1986 by the German physicists and Catholic priests Bernhard and Karl Philberth; it is administered by the Missionary Benedictine Sisters, who operate 19 communities throughout the nation.

    Since the death of Fr Bernhard Philberth († 2010), it rests on the shoulders of Rev. Fr Prof Dr Karl Philberth, with the active support of Dr Walter Uhlenbruch AO KLJ, and ably assisted by Messrs Justin Bergman and Volker Ankenbrand, all three residents of Australia.

    Although Dr Uhlenbruch has regularly visited the foundation in Manila for many years, last December (2019) was the first time that the triumvirate from Australia jointly flew to Manila, at their own expense, to meet with the Sisters and many of the Philberth scholars in Malate/Metro Manila.

    From left to right: Ms Nonna Arceno, Rev. Mother Adelaida Ygrubay OSB, Mr Justin Bergman, Dr Walter Uhlenbruch AO KLJ, Mr Volker Ankenbrand, Procurator Sr Marianne Razon OSB, Sr Constance Tecson OSB

    Ever since 1986, the foundation has financed the education of an increasing number of scholars. Since 2011/12, an annual number of 500 scholars has been maintained.

    This was possible because the funds are invested in Australia and the returns, until now, have enabled the foundation to maintain this level of activity. Unfortunately, this is no longer so.

    Recently, the ever-decreasing interest rates on investments, combined with the weakening of the Australian dollar, have led to a deterioration of funds available for future scholarships. This would be most regrettable because the Philippines are still a developing nation where much help can be provided with relatively modest means.

    It is our fervent desire that we may find ways to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of the PH Foundation.

    The three Australian visitors are shown in the centre of the Philberth scholars at their Advent function on 1 December 2019.
Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other. - Novalis (1772-1801)