Nathan Söderblom (Dictionary of World Biography: Twentieth Century)
Article abstract: Söderblom, as Archbishop of Uppsala, was a principal promoter of the Universal Christian Conference on Life and Work. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in promoting international understanding through the ecumenical movement. He is also noted for his work on behalf of war prisoners and displaced persons following World War I. A prolific writer, he emphasized the need to reunite Christianity and make it a practical, humanitarian movement.
Lars Olaf Jonathan Söderblom was born on January 15, 1866, at Trönö, Gävleborg’s Län, Sweden. At an early age, he determined to pursue the same calling as his father, a Lutheran pastor. He also chose to shorten his name and became known as Nathan for the rest of his life. Söderblom earned his licentiate of theology at the University of Uppsala. Consecrated a Lutheran minister in 1893, he served briefly as chaplain of the Uppsala Mental Hospital. In 1894, he began graduate studies at the famed Sorbonne in Paris, where he earned the highest academic honor granted by the Protestant theological faculty. He was the only Swede ever to be so honored. His specialties were comparative religions with emphasis on the Persian Zoroastrianism. At the Sorbonne he was influenced by the liberal Protestants, especially by Auguste Sabatier, under whom he studied. Because of this influence, he became interested in the ecumenical movement and a...
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