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Pieper looks on in sadness over the fall of Germany's theologians. But a greater sadness is displayed in the grief also in the later Franz Delitzsch, who did not separate himself from the “dazzling science” of his fellow German scholars. How the separation of Delitzsch and Walther magnifies the differences between true Christian teaching (“orthodoxy”) and “scientific theology”. At the end of his footnote # 645, Pieper relates a most chilling end of Germany's “Lutheran” scholars: apostasy, the ultimate grief.
|von Hofmann — von Frank|
denied vicarious satisfaction
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There is a biography of von Frank in the ADB by a later German theologian, Reinhold Seeberg. In one of the last paragraphs, Seeberg states (translated):
The fact that the restored Lutheranism of our century [1904-19th or 20th century?] has not sunk into a repristination of the theology of the Formula of Concord and the dogmatics of the seventeenth century, will be emphasized once more by the merits of the two great Erlangen theologians, Hofmann and Frank.
“... had a number of important students, including Werner Elert in church history and dogma, Hermann Sasse in Lutheran studies, and most famously Dietrich Bonhoeffer in theology and ethics.”
Oh yes, Delitzsch corresponded directly with Franz Pieper by letter. But that did not cause Pieper to tone down his severe warning regarding the fall of the later Delitzsch who essentially repudiated his own early writings. That warning applies to all Christians! — We haven't heard the last of the “grieving Delitzsch”. But in the next Part 8a, Pieper discusses the influence of the Old Missouri Synod on World Lutheranism, and lack of it.