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Philosopher, Physician & Humanitarian
1875 - 1965
Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and
learn again to exercise his will—his personal responsibility.
Albert Schweitzer was born on October 29, 1875 in Kaysersberg, a
town near Strasbourg in Alsace, Germany (now part of France).
Schweitzer has been called the greatest Christian
of his time. He based his personal philosophy on a "reverence for life"
and on a deep commitment to serve humanity through thought and action.
For his many years of humanitarian efforts Schweitzer was awarded the
1952 Nobel Peace Prize.
By the time he was 21 Schweitzer had decided on the course for his
life. For nine years he would dedicate himself to the study science,
music, and theology. Then he would devote the rest of his life to
serving humanity directly. Before he was 30 he was a respected writer
on theology, an accomplished organist, and an authority on the life and
work of Johann Sebastian Bach.
In 1904 Schweitzer was inspired to become a medical missionary after
reading an evangelical paper regarding the needs of medical missions.
He studied medicine from 1905 to 1913 at the University of Strassbourg.
He also raised money to establish a hospital in French Equatorial
Africa. He founded a hospital there in 1913. Over the years built a
large hospital that served thousands of Africans. Schweitzer used his
$33,000 Nobel Prize to expand the hospital and to build a leper colony.
In 1955 Queen Elizabeth II awarded Schweitzer the "Order of Merit," Britain's highest civilian honor.
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Books By/About Albert Schweitzer
- The Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Critical Study of Its Progress from Reimarus to Wrede - Author: Albert Schweitzer, Delbert R. Hillers
Schweitzer shows how each historical reconstruction of
Jesus matched the beliefs and agenda of the scholar who proposed it. In
the process Schweitzer reveals his own view of the historical Jesus.
CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "The Quest of the Historical Jesus"
- The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle - Author: Albert Schweitzer
Schweitzer analyzes what Paul writes in the Epistles to
the Romans and Galatians about the personal experience of the believer
with the divine. He writes that Paul's mysticism is especially
profound, liberating, and precise. Schweitzer describes how he came to
his point of view, implications and objections, and why it matters.
CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle"
- The Spiritual Life: Selected Writings of Albert Schweitzer - Author: Albert Schweitzer
CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "The Spiritual Life"
- Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography - Author: Albert Schweitzer
Dr. Schweitzer's autobiography covers his life through
age 55 (1930). He describes his childhood and early years of
theological study, his love of organ music and Bach, his decision to
enter missionary work, his years of medical training, and his first 16
years of missionary work in Africa.
CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "Out of My Life and Thought"
- The Words of Albert Schweitzer - Author: Selected by Norman Cousins
About Schweitzer, Norman Cousins once wrote, "None in
our times has provided more inspiration." Now, in order to keep
Schweitzer's words alive, Cousins has prepared this collection,
excerpted from Schweitzer's extensive writings. Photographs throughout.
CLICK HERE to purchase this Hardcover edition of "The Words of Albert Schweitzer"
- Brothers in Spirit: The Correspondence of Albert Schweitzer and William Larimer Mellon, Jr - Authors: Albert Schweitzer, William Larimer Mellon, Jeannette Q. Byers (Translator)
The Correspondence of Albert Schweitzer and William Larimer Mellon, Jr.
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Article written by Robin Chew - January 1996