Dr. Frantz is a bit of an enigma, for there is not a lot of information available except a few theological books that he published in German, here, and here. According to one of these books, he was a Doctor of Theology, Superintendent and head pastor of St. Jacobi in Sangerhausen. Another book from 1858 was entitled The Pretensions of Exact Science Illuminated, with Polemical Glosses, a subject matter that certainly recommended him to write this Foreword! I am practically certain that Dr. Frantz was Lutheran, although the pressure of the Prussian Union (read "Evangelical" without "Lutheran") was tremendous in Germany. I found an earlier reference to a “Pastor Frantz” in Lehre und Wehre which is quite possibly the same pastor. It involved theological disputes in Germany. — So I looked to this 14 page Foreword to Schöpffer's book to glean more about him. At first I thought that I would not publish him because of his seeming over-reliance on renowned German philosophers. But the more I read, the more I found that his real defense was based on... the Holy Scriptures. As we have seen from the famous “Lisco-Knak Affair” of 1868, that any pastor would publicly defend against Copernicanism was quite an oddity in the world, especially in Germany. So here I present Dr. Alexander Frantz... doing just this:
Although Dr. Frantz and C.F.W. Walther shared in referring to names outside of theology, Walther was more reserved. He only mentioned Carol Grande and Friedrich Schelling, not Goethe, Hegel, or von Baader -- ones who were more antagonistic to orthodox Christian doctrines. Walther spoke these names in 1868 (to the Eastern District), the year before Dr. Frantz wrote this Foreword. I have often wondered if there was correspondence between these two theologians... if either one used the others research.
I will conclude Dr. Frantz's Foreword in the next Part 18g-2.