An award-winning biography newly translated into English. Soderblom, archbishop of Uppsala in the Church of Sweden, was a strong advocate for peace and justice during and after World War I; and led the Life and Work movement (a precursor of the World Council of Churches) throughout the 1920s. For this he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1930. 464 pages, softcover. Eerdmans.
Nathan Söderblom (18661931) was Archbishop of Uppsala in the Church of Sweden and a pioneering force behind the modern ecumenical movement. A vocal advocate for peace and justice during and after World War I, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1930. This award-winning biography by Jonas Jonson tells who Söderblom was, how he thought, and what he did, placing his groundbreaking ecumenical work within its academic, ecclesial, and political contexts.
Jonas Jonson is bishop emeritus of the diocese of Strängnäs, Church of Sweden, and has been an active participant in both the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation for fifty years. He is also the author of Wounded Visions: Unity, Justice, and Peace in the World Church after 1968.
Archbishop of Uppsala and Primate of the Church of Sweden
"Archbishop Nathan Söderblom lived during a time of war and social unrest a time of internationalization and the dawn of ecumenism and he was instrumental in bringing about processes that are still vital to understanding church and society. Jonas Jonson's excellent portrait of this remarkable, cosmopolitan Swede engages thought, nourishes dreams, and strengthens vocations."
University of Chichester
"A timely study of one of the most striking and influential international figures in the history of the twentieth-century church. . . . Norman Hjelm's sensitive translation is, in itself, a marvelous achievement. This is certainly an Archbishop Söderblom for a new audience and a new age."
"An outstanding biography of an extraordinary church leader. . . . Söderblom's irenic spirit and deep commitment to a socially engaged church remain an inspiration in our era. This is a fine study of one of the great figures in the history of the ecumenical movement."
William G. Rusch
Yale Divinity School
"The scholarship of the author and the skill of the translator make this study of Nathan Söderblom an essential resource in the English language for understanding the man and his times."