Schweitzer, Albert

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Comment by ziegenfussu on October 10th, 2007 at 7:22 am

The article on Albert Schweitzer is excellent, however, you wrote, “Schweitzer’s father was a reformed Calvinist pastor, and a great influence on his life.”

In fact, Albert Schweitzer’s father, Louis-Theophile Schweitzer was a Lutheran pastor. He was educated at the University of Strasbourg (i.e., he was not a Calvinist!)]. He was a traditional orthodox Lutheran pastor who faithfully served a parish in Gunsbach, Alsace.

I visited Kaysersberg, Alsace last summer [Albert Schwetizer’s birthplace] and I am writing a journal article on Albert Schweitzer, hence I have been reading and researching about his life and work lately.


James Bentley, Albert Schweitzer: The Enigma (New York: Harper-Collins, 1992), p.16-23.

And, James Brabazon, Albert Schweitzer: A Biography (Syracuse University Press, 2000), p.4.

Rev. Mark D. Isaacs

Comment by Gordon Anderson on October 10th, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Thank you for your comment. I have made a change to the biography based on the source I have noted. His Father was apparently not ordained as a Lutheran but was of a protestant branch descended from Zwingli in Alsace. However, this church was absorbed by the German Lutheran in 1871 when Alsace became part of Germany, so Schweiter’s dad would have officially been Lutheran as Schweitzer was growing up.

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