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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 bargains an in depth account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who was once a theologian, organist, thinker, surgeon, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's existence was once no longer a directly direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the medical institution in Read more...

summary: This biography offers a flexible perception into the existence, paintings, and regarded Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who was once a theologian, organist, thinker, surgeon, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's existence used to be no longer a directly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the clinic 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 existence was once no exception. those ups and downs, despite the fact that, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my lifestyles and idea, the place he provides his existence as an immense, purposefully built edifice, the cornerstone of which used to be the main of Reverence for all times, and the virtually inevitable final result of which used to be the Nobel Peace Prize. thus far, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have informed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this easy development with really little severe amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and aura set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet now not every little thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the files and in his unpublished writings. it really is at the foundation of those old resources and more moderen guides that Oermann makes an attempt to comic strip a extra lifelike 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 stream. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, so much significantly his daughter

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Dr Wehmann, a gifted and inspiring teacher, had managed to teach what ‘no exhortations and no punishments can’. Throughout his university studies in Strasbourg, Schweitzer would call on Dr Wehmann regularly. After returning from Africa in 1919, he was met by the news that Wehmann, who had suffered from mental illness, had taken his own life. This was a OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi 14 Albert Schweitzer particularly harsh blow to Schweitzer, who was also psychologically and physically unwell at the time.

In particular, the theology department with lecturers such as Karl Budde, Ernst Lucius, Emil Mayer, and Schweitzer’s later mentor Heinrich Julius Holtzmann was less orthodox than many other faculties of theology in Germany. Before Schweitzer began attending lectures in philosophy and music theory OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi 18 Albert Schweitzer along with the standard courses in theology, he spent his first semester learning Hebrew. This four-month course was a challenge for Schweitzer, who was not apt at learning languages; in fact, he was never able to achieve more than a reading knowledge of English.

His father, Louis Schweitzer, far from being a typical country clergyman with a modest education and little training in music, had studied theology in Strasbourg, and his grandfather, Johann Jakob Schillinger, had been an advocate of the ideals of the OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi A Sense of Devotion 9 15 Enlightenment. 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.

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