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Reverence for Life: The Words of Albert Schweitzer

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ALBERT SCHWEITZER (1875-1965) was an Alsatian theologian, musician, and medical missionary. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.

"I cannot but have Reverence for all that is called life. I cannot avoid compassion for everything that is called life. That is the beginning and foundation of morality. "' Albert Schweitzer spanning many decades and a host of topics, thi
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Published October 1st 1995 by Bbs Pub Corp (first published June 1965)
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Manzoid
Jul 28, 2008 Manzoid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To Schweitzer, primitive people care only for their blood relations. More spiritually evolved people feel responsible for all human beings. He offers examples (Jesus, Paul, Lao-tzu, Isaiah, etc).
He compares various faiths under the lens of humanitarianism, dividing religions into those which negate the world and those which affirm the world, examining the implications of each approach on the degree of worldly activity it entails. This may sound abstract -- to clarify, I'll mention one example: f
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Johnny
Nov 09, 2009 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
The Teaching of Reverence for Life is a slim volume, penned late in life by Albert Schweitzer, the theologian who “changed careers” at age 30 to endure seven years of medical school and follow a call into medical missionary work. Schweitzer parlayed his unsuccessful (but monumental Quest for the Historical Jesus) into a quest for humanitarian mission work that put him afoul of both the German forces in World War I and the colonizing forces in Africa when he denounced colonialism as de facto raci ...more
Jodi Tooke
Mar 25, 2016 Jodi Tooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intellectual discussion of what we all believe in our hearts--we must respect all life. Also, as the most advanced and capable creature on Earth, we humans are responsible for the good stewardship of all living things. The author provides compelling argument and relevant insight into the human condition and reverence for life.
Kenghis Khan
Jul 25, 2007 Kenghis Khan rated it really liked it
While trained in philosophy and theology, Schweitzer had better things to do. Yet as a man of action, Schweitzer also understood that all action must be based upon ethical and intellectual commmitments. There are other works in which he expounds upon the details. It is in this work that one can survey the broad strokes of what Schweitzer is trying to accomplish. For those of us without the time or the interest to invest in his later "Philosophy of Civilization," the "Reverence for Life" is a ver ...more
Pam Kellim
Feb 02, 2016 Pam Kellim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesone book. I suggest it to everyone.
Shannon
Dec 02, 2015 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little but powerful
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Joshua
Sep 16, 2012 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book contains many letters and excerpts of letters from Schweitzer to various persons. Some are personal friends varying from heads of state to leading scientists such as A. Einstein. The underlying message is that if we all adapt an understanding and Reverence for Life we can improve the condition of the world.
David
Aug 09, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Well-chosen excerpts from Schweitzer's "Philosophy of Civilization" and autobiography. Complementary essays by Schweitzer scholars are thorough if often academically dry: they cast needed light on his Jain influence and offer some valid points of criticism.
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I found this book absolutely amazing. I was able to understand what it means to be Christian without all the hype and evangelical rhetoric. Even after all these years Albert Schweitzer can still make the message powerful and hit close to home.
Nance
Mar 09, 2013 Nance rated it did not like it
Maybe he grapples with questions that everyone would want answered but this book gives no answers.
Doesn't mwean he wasn't a smart man but you'd have to look elsewhere to see it.
Semra
Dec 14, 2008 Semra rated it it was amazing
This book was givin to me by my dad when I was seven, and love it to this day. If could have pure respect for all around us that would be amazing.
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 02, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was ok
Albert Schweitzer practiced medicine in Africa most of his life. This is his biography.
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Albert Schweitzer, M.D., OM, was an Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. He was born in Kaisersberg in Alsace-Lorraine, a Germanophone region which the German Empire returned to France after World War I. Schweitzer challenged both the secular view of historical Jesus current at his time and the traditional Christian view, depicting a Jesus who expected the imminent end of the ...more
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