Albert Schweitzer

On Tuesday I'll be talking to the students  RELI-2355, New Testament, at Trinity University about "the historian's Jesus," a.k.a. "the quest for the historical Jesus". One of the figures to whom I'll be giving a fair share of my attention is Albert Schweitzer. Every time I stop to think about his life and career I'm amazed. His 1906 Geschichte der Leben-Jesu-Forschung was a landmark study of and contribution to Life-of-Jesus research. He wrote one of the standard books on Johann Sebastian Bach. He was a medical doctor and he founded a hospital in what is now the Gabonese Republic. In 1952 he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize! Who accomplishes this many diverse things in one lifetime? Schweitzer did.