Nathan (b. Jan. 15, 1866, Trönö, Sweden--d.
July 12, 1931, Uppsala), Swedish Lutheran archbishop and theologian who in 1930
received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his efforts to further international
understanding through church unity.
Ordained a minister in 1893, Söderblom
served seven years as a chaplain to the Swedish legation in Paris before
becoming professor of theology at his alma mater, the University of Uppsala
(1901). He was appointed archbishop of Uppsala and primate of Sweden in 1914. Söderblom was an outspoken pacifist whose interest in Christian
unity bore fruit when the first Universal Conference on Life and Work met in
Stockholm in 1925. The series of these conferences eventually united with the
conferences on Faith and Order to form the World Council of Churches. Söderblom was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1930 for his
efforts on behalf of Christian unity. His most important book is Gudstrons uppkomst, a study emphasizing holiness rather than the
idea of God as the basic notion in religious thought.
Charles J. Curtis, Nathan Söderblom:
Theologian of Revelation (1966), and Söderblom,
Ecumenical Pioneer (1967); Eric J. Sharpe, Nathan Söderblom and
the Study of Religion (1990).