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Nels Fredrik Solomon Ferre

Nels Fredrik Solomon Ferre, Swedish educator. Member American Theological Society (president 1957), American Philosophical Association, National Council on Religion in Higher Education, Conference on Science, Philosophical and Religion, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa Associates, Beta Chi Sigma.

Background

  • Ferre, Nels Fredrik Solomon was born on June 8, 1908 in Lulea, Sweden. Son of Frans August and Maria (Wickman) Ferre.

  • Education

    • Came to the United States, 1921, naturalized, 1931. Bachelor of Arts, Boston University, 1931, Augustus Howe Buck scholar and fellow, 1927-1934, Doctor of Divinity, 1956. Bachelor of Divinity, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, 1934.

      A.M., Harvard, 1936, Doctor of Philosophy., 1938. Student Universities Upsala and Lund, Sweden, 1936-1937. Sheldon traveling fellow, Harvard to Europe, 1936-1937.

    Career

    • Ordained Congleton minister, 1934. Instructor philosophical Andover Newton Theological Seminary, 1937-1939, Abbot professor Christian theological, 1939-1950. Visiting lecturer, Harvard, 1947-1948, Garrett Biblical Institute, summers 1942, 44, 48.

      Professor philosophical theological School Religion, Vanderbilt University, 1950-1957. Visiting tutor Hartley Victoria College, Manchester, England, 1956-1957. Abbot professor Andover Newton Theological School, 1957-1965.

      Scholar: in-residence Parsons College, 1965-1968. Ferris professor philosophy College Wooster (O.), 1968-1971. Visiting professor Mansfield College, Oxford, 1951-1952.

      Fulbright lecturer Oxford University, 1951-1952. Co-chairman Institute Religious and Social Studies, Boston Section, 1947-1948.

    Works

    • Author books including: Swedish Contributions, 1939. Faith and Reason, 1946. The Christian Understanding of God, 1951.

      Sun and the Umbrella, 1953. Christian Faith and Higher Education, 1954. The Living God of Nowhere and Nothing, 1966.

      Co-author books including: Conflicts of Power in Modern Culture, 1947. Methodism, (W. K. Anderson, editor) 1947. Learning and World Peace, 1948.

      Fruits of Faith (Richard Spann, editor) 1950. Christ and the Christian, 1958. Searchlights on Contemporary Theology, 1961.

      Finality of Faith, 1963. Theologians of Our Time, 1966. The Theology of Gustaf Aulen.

      Essays in Honor of William E. Hopkins, 1966. The Universal Word, 1969.

    Membership

    Member American Theological Society (president 1957), American Philosophical Association, National Council on Religion in Higher Education, Conference on Science, Philosophical and Religion, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa Associates, Beta Chi Sigma.

    Connections

    • Married Katharine Louise Pond, June 8, 1932. Children: Frederick Pond, Mariel Esther, Katharine Kerstin, Faith.
    • father: Frans August Ferre
    • mother: Maria (Wickman) Ferre
    • spouse: Katharine Louise Pond
    • children: Frederick Pond Ferre
    • Mariel Esther Ferre
    • Katharine Kerstin Ferre
    • Faith Ferre
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    Born June 8, 1908
    Died February 6, 1971
    (aged 62)
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