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“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will—his personal responsibility.”
- ALBERT SCHWEITZER
Albert Schweitzer
Philosopher, Physician & Humanitarian, 1875 - 1965

Albert Schweitzer was born on January 14, 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

Albert Schweitzer: A Biography Albert Schweitzer: A Biography
by James Brabazon

Brabazon's biography brings together Schweitzer's letters, books, articles, and interviews with friends, colleagues and family, including sermons from his early career as a young minister, and reveals his love of Jesus and the foundations of his philosophy.

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The Quest of the Historical Jesus The Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Critical Study of Its Progress from Reimarus to Wrede
by 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.

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The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle
by 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.

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Two Lives of Charlemagne Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography
by 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.

Purchase this paperback edition of Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography

The Words of Albert Schweitzer The Words of Albert Schweitzer
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.

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Reverance for Life Reverance for Life: The Ethics of Albert Schweitzer for the Twenty-First Century
by Marvin Meyer (Editor), Kurt Bergel (Editor)

Albert Schweitzer's system of ethical mysticism is based on Christ's injunction to, "Love the Lord thy God first and thy neighbor as thyself." He writes, "I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. That is the beginning and foundation of all ethics." This eclectic collection of essays provides a critical review of Schweitzer's ethics and metaphysics.

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Music Played By Albert Schweitzer

Schweitzer Plays Bach Albert Schweitzer Plays Bach Volumes I and II
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and performed byAlbert Schweitzer

Schweitzer plays Bach beautifully.

Purchase this CD edition of Volume ONE

Purchase this CD edition of Volume TWO


Albert Schweitzer eTexts

Schweitzer's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
December 10, 1953

The Quest of the Historical Jesus
A Critical Study of its Progress from Reimarus to Wrede By Albert Schweitzer

Struggle to Find Life's Meaning
Written by Schweitzer the week before his death


Related Websites

Association International de l'Oeuvre du Docteur Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné (AISL)
Overview of the life and works of Dr. Schweitzer. German, French, Italian and English versions

Nobel Institute Schweitzer Biography

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of America

Jack Fenner's Albert Schweitzer Homepage



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