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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 regarded Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, general practitioner, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles was once no longer a instantly direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the medical institution in Read more...

summary: This biography offers a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and regarded Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, health professional, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles was once no longer a instantly 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 lifestyles there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's existence was once no exception. those ups and downs, even if, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my lifestyles and concept, the place he offers his existence as a huge, purposefully built edifice, the cornerstone of which was once the primary of Reverence for all times, and the just about inevitable consequence of which was once the Nobel Peace Prize. up to now, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have informed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this simple development with really little serious amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and aura 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every little thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the files and in his unpublished writings. it's at the foundation of those historic assets and more moderen courses that Oermann makes an attempt to comic strip a extra reasonable photo of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German professionals and his function within the anti-nuclear circulation. He additionally builds on a few interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, such a lot particularly his daughter

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40 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi A Sense of Devotion 17 The late summer of 1893 in Paris saw not only Schweitzer’s first steps on the dance floor, but also his first closer contact with women. Since Schweitzer did not mention these encounters, much less relationships, in his memoirs, most of his biographers have depicted him as a modern asexual saint. In fact, from his student days it was evident that he had an effect on women. It is difficult to assess how far these relationships went, as, unlike those of many of his fellow students, they did not develop into open love affairs.

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. Albert was always encouraged to ask questions, something he would do his life long. He learned to find the courage to persist in asking apparently trivial questions, knowing that he might have to live with uncomfortable answers. Following a rainy summer, Albert observed that, although it had been raining for nearly forty days, there were no signs of a biblical flood in Gunsbach.

His question was met with a pitying smile, for only a child would think a disabled girl could be the bride. After this incident Albert vowed to marry the girl, if only because the world did not take her seriously and overlooked her prodearing qualities. What at first sounded like a child’s quixotic pronouncement had a deeper source in young Albert. The desire to be different from others, to do and to change things, would be a driving force behind much of Schweitzer’s actions. His reason for wanting to marry this young woman was not because she was disabled but because she had been rejected as a ‘cripple’, and in a church of all places.

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