Die Bibel und Astronomie – 1906 (Google Books; >> full text here <<)
First part. – The Bible.
1. The Bible teaches a certain astronomical plan - 7
2. The Bible always teaches only this astronomical system - 12
3. Scripture treats the apparent movements of the heavenly bodies as the actual movements of these bodies - 14
4. The much controversial word of faith of Joshua - 22
5. All Scripture is inspired by God - 31
6. Scripture speaks rightly, as of spiritual, and also of natural things - 44
7. Scripture never speaks of the erroneous ideas of men - 53
8. The position of the old church - 61
9. The position of the Roman church - 70
10. The position of Luther - 80
11. The Lutheran Church from beginning to now - 100
12. The Rationalistic Accommodation Theory - 126
13. Every Christian must seriously take heed of false interpretations of the Scriptures - 143
14. You can not limp on either side - 153
15. Testimonies of truth - 158
Second part. – Astronomy.
1. History - 177
2. Copernican boastings - 202
3. Disbelief of naturalists - 214
4. Science has its limits - 230
5. Space is not infinite - 272
6. Changes in the heavens - 282
7. False conclusions - 295
8. Evil Cliffs - 339
9. Throndson - 386
10. Explanation of the calendar. Darkness until 1915 - 401
Here is a small sampling of the material covered:
1) p. 80: Martin Luther is quoted from his commentary on Genesis 1:14, St. Louis Edition vol 3, col. 40, paragraphs 39 & 40 (translation and highlighting by BackToLuther):
39. So we see that it is everywhere from God's order, and no thing has its essence, nor governs by itself, but everything from the hand, counsels, and wills, that we should see God in all creatures, we open our eyes or ears , and so thank Him. And, when I have said above enough, we should not think that God had created the creatures, and afterwards went away, and let them act on their own accord; rather that He made them, and still make them, and keeps them by the Word. So the Word still drives the sun today and always from morning to evening. For it is not their own nature or power, but the Word by which they are created, that they go through the sky every day.
40. Again, besides, God says that these two lights [Sun and Moon] are meant to be signs, tidings, years, and days; that is, that time could be counted and known. To do this, we have no thoughts from our own art, but everything is arranged by God. So, in these lights, both the day and the night are measured, that the sunshine is divided into twelve hours, and also teaches the year in the course of the sun, because every year it comes round, and with its course the seasons, summer and winter, with it.For those that own Concordia Publishing House's Luther's Works, American Edition, volume 1, we are out of luck to find the above quote. This is because the editors chose another series of lectures by Luther than the one used in the St. Louis Edition. Nevertheless, even the American Edition teaches much the same, e.g. page 44 on Gen. 1:14:
The following "and for days" denotes the natural day, when the sun revolves around the earth. – Martin LutherHow many quotes does it take to convince us that Martin Luther taught just what the Holy Scriptures teach?
2) p. 100 ff.: Pasche gives a long list of Lutheran theologians who taught against the error of Copernicanism. These include:
- Philip Melanchthon, Johann Arndt (1555—1621), Valerius Herberger (1562—1627), Konrad Dietrich (1575-1639), J. M. Dillher (1604—1669), Christian Scriver (1629—1693), Abraham Calov († 1686), Johann Meisner († 1681), David Hollaz (1648—1713), Christian Stock (1672—1733), M. Gottfried Balthasar Scharff (1676-1744), Karl Gottfried Engelschall (1675—1738), J. J. Rambach (1693—1735), Valentin Ernst Löscher († 1749), Dr. Michael Christian Rusmeyer, Dr. Andr. Gottlob Rudelbach († 1862), Licentiate K. Ströbel [or Stroebel] (praised Schöpffer's work), Dr. Alexander Frantz, Pastor Gustav Knak (1806—1878), N. Fr. S. Grundtvig (1783-1872), Prof. J. C. W. Lindemann († 1879), Dr. C.F.W. Walther.
3) In the second part of the book, there is much history of science. Any student of this topic would do well to include Pasche's books in their study. He was quite resourceful in digging out so much information, even accessing the Library of Congress! (p. 361) It amazes me how he could have compiled so much information before our age of the Internet! Among the many scientists he covers are Kepler, Tycho Brahe, Galileo, Newton, and many that were lesser known. Many of these are also covered by Dr. Gerhardus Bouw, but perhaps both authors missed some information covered by the other. But what strikes one is a statement he quotes regarding Gravitation (p. 198):
"The wisest naturalist of today will assure you that he knows absolutely nothing about the how of gravitation."This statement was made before Einstein's theories were put forth. Yet it still striking how long this took since Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation and how little is really understood about the nature of Gravity. Even the Wikipedia article on Gravity openly states:
"There are some observations that are not adequately accounted for, which may point to the need for better theories of gravity or perhaps be explained in other ways."4) It should be noted that Pasche covers those who embraced a "flat earth" or the Zetetic Society on pages 380-386. Suffice to say that Pasche, as well as Dr. Bouw, refutes both their science and their Scriptural basis.
|Pastor and Mrs. F.E. Pasche|
in later years.