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  • Erich Sauer

    Does anyone have information about the life, fellowship and work of Erich Sauer?

  • I guess you have probably seen these pages already?

    The referenced thesis is online too, but in German of course!

  • Also looks like there are text versions of a couple of his books online;

    The Triumph of the Crucified -
    From Eternity to Eternity -

  • No, I hadn't seen either of those. Thanks, Tom! Too bad that thesis isn't "anglicized."

    I do have his two part book(s) Dawn -> Triumph, and also The King of the Earth, which fascinates me. His dispensational mindset is evident, but it has more dimensions than we typically associate with "dispensationalism," particularly when it comes to the subject of The King... That is what got me thinking, who is this brother? And who did he find fellowship with?

    The biographical details seem scant. Maybe a German brother could fill us in...?

  • Horst Afflerbach's essay, 'What can we learn from Erich Sauer (1898-1959?' in Tim Grass, Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach among the Brethren (Troon: BAHN, 2013) 195-208 has the advantage of being in English and is informative.  However it devotes very little space to the embarrassing question of Sauer's Nazi sympathies and his later reluctance to face these errors.  As we live in an era when acknowledged and disturbing facts have been described as 'fake news' we need to be aware of Sauer's dismissal of certain realities in the 1930s and 40s as 'horror propaganda'.  Timothy Stunt.

  • Yes, Mr. Afflerbach's essay was passed on to me privately, for which I am most grateful. It is very informative.

    Personally, I am disturbed by Mr. Sauer's denials related to Nazi atrocities, particularly in light of his scriptural knowledge and convictions. Are there other similar cases of brethren who erred so glaringly in this way at that time? Has anyone offered suggestions as to why Mr. Sauer fell into this?