From Schweizer’s book, The Quest of the Historical Jesus, a selection of quotes which devastatingly skewer historical Christianity and close-minded theologians. This, from a dedicated Christian, who, following in the example of Jesus and his second commandment, “Love thy neighbour”, established a medical mission in Africa to help the less fortunate.
“Few authors in modern times can be said to have redirected the course of an entire field of study. In 1906, Albert Schweitzer did.
Schweitzer did not think that the historical Jesus shared the problems or perspectives of the twentieth century. Instead, Jesus was a first-century apocalypticist, who never expected that there would be a twentieth century.
His basic emphases — that Jesus is to be situated in the context of first-century Palestinian Judaism and that he was himself an apocalypticist — have carried the day for much of the twentieth century, at least among critical scholars devoted to examining the evidence.”
Professor Bart Ehrman, Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium