Lossius, Caspiar Friedirici
Lossius, Caspiar Friedirici a German theologian, was born at Erfurt Jan. 31, 1753, and was educated at the university of that place, which he entered in 1770. Dissatisfied with the innovations which Bahrdt undertook in theology, he removed in 1773 to the University of Jena; and again, not quite satisfied with the rationalistic innovations of the day, he was obliged to acquire the greater part of his learning by private study. In 1774 he became school-teacher at his native place; in 1781 dean of Andreas Church, and in 1785 dean to the Prediger Church of the same place. He died March 26, 1817. Lossius was a man of great learning; the literature of the Reformation was almost his daily study. Having seen the danger which threatened his country, both religiously and morally, from the rationalistic innovations, and from the consequences of the French Revolution, he dedicated most of his time and talent as a popular author to the cause of the faith and principles of the fathers of the Reformation. Some of his productions passed through several editions in a short time. Some were even translated into French, and rescued thousands from moral degradation and spiritual destruction. A complete list of his works is given by Doring, Gelehrte Theol. Deutschl. volume 2, s.v.