Ethelbert Stauffer


Ethelbert Stauffer was a German theologian who taught New Testament studies and ancient history at the University of Bonn in the 1930s and 1940s. Removed from his post in 1943 due to his anti-Fascist views, Stauffer was reappointed in 1946, after the end of World War II.

A Christian universalist, Stauffer believed and professed that God's irresistible grace would eventually save all people, and that divine punishment, while real, was a remedial measure meant to bring about salvation. Much of Stauffer's writing (including Christ and the Caesars) is based on his extensive research into the way Roman sources influenced early Christianity. He died in 1979, at the age of 77, in Erlangen, Germany.

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