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By Nils Ole Oermann

ISBN-10: 0198784228

ISBN-13: 9780198784227

This biography offers a flexible perception into the existence, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals an in depth account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who was once a theologian, organist, thinker, health professional, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles was once no longer a immediately direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the clinic in Read more...

summary: This biography presents a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and regarded Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals an in depth account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, medical professional, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles was once no longer a immediately direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the health center in Lambarene, and finishing with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In each existence there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be no exception. those ups and downs, even if, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my existence and suggestion, the place he offers his existence as a tremendous, purposefully built edifice, the cornerstone of which was once the main of Reverence for all times, and the just about inevitable end result of which was once the Nobel Peace Prize. thus far, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have advised and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this simple development with particularly little severe amendment. Their Schweitzer used to be a guy whose manner and air of mystery set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet no longer every little thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the documents and in his unpublished writings. it's at the foundation of those ancient assets and more moderen guides that Oermann makes an attempt to caricature a extra practical photo of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German specialists and his function within the anti-nuclear move. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, such a lot significantly his daughter

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The theological liberalism in his parents’ Lutheran parsonage was indebted to rationalism and shaped Schweitzer both theologically and culturally. Even as a young boy he asked questions about the biblical stories that were taught in Sunday school. How, asked the 8-year-old boy, was it possible that Jesus’ parents were considered poor when the magi had given them such generous gifts? And why did not the shepherds who had witnessed the saviour’s birth become his first disciples? Questions such as these might have been discouraged by many pastors, but not by Louis Schweitzer.

During his time in Mulhouse, Schweitzer felt he had learned ‘a sense of duty’. What separated Schweitzer from his teacher were their birthplaces and the diverging mentalities of the Alsatian and the Hanseatic German. ’32 Another experience from Schweitzer’s youth left its mark on him. His father’s tales of far-off countries had awakened an enthusiasm in him for missionary service, but it was on family visits to nearby Colmar that this enthusiasm was focused on Africa. On the Champ de Mars, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, a local sculptor and the designer of the Statue of Liberty, had created a monumental statue in honour of Admiral Bruat in which the four continents were depicted as figures in stone.

But did he consider himself to be German or French? What was the political atmosphere in his father’s parsonage? 3 Though his family was considered Francophile, he was not raised in a patriotic ‘spirit of nationalism’. After the Franco-Prussian War, the majority of the Schweitzer family was ‘politically oriented towards Paris’,4 and the family was unanimous in speaking out against the German annexation of Alsace in 1871. Louis Schweitzer’s two brothers, Auguste and Charles (the latter Jean-Paul Sartre’s grandfather), even moved to Paris.

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