Pastor Gustav Knak (1806-1878)
Bouw's source of information on Knak comes from
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Fritz Braun / J.H. Tonn
- J.H. Tonn († 2008) who in 1972 published a book of his translation from the German into English of a book by
- Fritz Braun, a German scientist who first in 1949 wrote a book against Copernicanism and proposed a possible scientific theory in its place – see John Byl's explanation of Braun's theory here. The only library in America holding a copy of this book is... Univ. of Wisconsin (always vigilant against "pseudo-science"). But I was able to purchase a used copy and may publish portions of it later. Braun included a 10-page chapter on Pastor Knak at the end of his book (see this later blog post). He received his information on Knak from a book by
"Not twenty-four hours had passed since Knak’s statement ["I only believe the world view of Holy Scripture"], when his name, like a fire, went through all public papers. This simple confession by a simple pastor of his belief in the Biblical worldview was the nonplus ultra [‘not further beyond’] of provocation, insanity, and pastoral pride, considered as the highest danger for the education of the people. Knak was called a reverse or backward Luther, a drummer who alarmed the whole scientific world. ... Berlin itself was a city of highest intelligence, but now other highly educated cities around the world gave it the mocking nickname Knakopolis. Instead of “Oh nonsense,” literary sections of newspapers substituted “Oh, Knak!” For months Knak became the butt of comic satire. ... Public mockery followed Knak everywhere. ..."Bouw continues on with more sordid details of what Pastor Knak suffered. One senses that Dr. Bouw knows first hand the "ridicule of Knak" (my term). — I decided to obtain a copy of Wangemann's biography of Knak (German text) and will devote a full blog post to it later because... also Franz Pieper loved it.
In the next Part 13c-3, I review Dr. Bouw's report of Pastor F.E. Pasche... of the old (German) Missouri Synod.