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Overview William Sloane Coffin has long fought for social justice and argued that faith must be at the heart of political and intellectual life. Now Coffin gives this record of his remarkable public life, offering his inspiring words on issues ranging from charity and justice, politics, economic issues, the environment, nuclear disarmament, and mortality to the meaning of faith, the church, and a pastor's responsibility. These brief quotations and excerpts demonstrate the wit, fire, and passion he brought to the task of preaching and the moral commitment he has made to change the world.
Publishers Description William Sloane Coffin has fought for social justice and argued that faith must be at the heart of political and intellectual life. This is a collection of his most memorable words, spoken over a 40-year ministry. They are not sermons - the longest quotation is probably 300-400 words - but rather sentences and paragraphs that reflect the heart of his message. It is arecord of his remarkable public words on issues ranging from charity and justice, politics, economic issues, the environment and nuclear disarmament, to the meaning of faith, the church and a minister's responsibility.
Awards and Recognitions Credo by William Sloane Coffin has received the following awards and recognitions -
Book of the Year - 2005 Winner - Top 10 category
Citations And Professional Reviews Credo by William Sloane Coffin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 12/27/2003 page 32
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.66" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.82 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
ISBN 0664227074 ISBN13 9780664227074
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More About William Sloane Coffin
WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN (1924 2006) served for 18 years as chaplain of Yale University, was senior minister of Riverside Church, and was president emeritus of SANE/FREEZE: Campaign for Global Security. His books include Once to Every Man: An Autobiography, The Courage to Love, Living the Truth in a World of Illusions, and A Passion for the Possible."
William Sloane Coffin is the real deal. He calls for social justice, not despite religious faith, but due to it. His message is rare because it has become fresher and more relvant as time goes on. He is warm, witty and insigtful and this is a good omnibus of his lifes thoughts. "Letters to a Young Doubter" is another fine book. And to those that accuse him of relativism; that is precisely false. He absolutely and with conviction speaks truth to power and represents the Lord with integrity.
Say what? Dec 29, 2005
I have to say I don't really get it. I picked up a book expecting just that, a "Credo," which is a statement of faith and belief of some kind. But this could not be further from it. W.S. Coffin doesn't believe in anything. He seems to think that pulpit witticisms constitute doctrine. I can't get a real feel for anything he believes theologically. Instead, he's substituted tepid politics for church talk. If I wanted this, I would read a book by William Clinton instead of William Coffin, and it would probably say the same things.
Why Try? Oct 1, 2005
Coffin's collection of (somewhat scattered) thoughts seems to boil down to the basic idea that the world would be a better place if people were gracious to each other. However, one wonders, if God is such a small part of the picture all along, what is the reason why people ought to be gracious? He seems to pull the carpet out from under his own feet. Why should people honor one another if God is just a farce that we have put on to soothe our consciences?
Either/or Oct 1, 2005
Coffiin is caught up in a world of false dichotomies. Everything is war or peace, love or hate, atheism or fundamentalism. And yes, I do think atheism is his alternative. As much as he talks about God, it is clear that the God of his belief has very little substance. I've heard pastors talk like this of ethical niceties, but when you really question them about whether or not Jesus was God, they offer little more than a shrug. This book is a distracting fantasy.
Weak and unfounded Oct 1, 2005
Credo represents the collected sayings, most likely extracted from sermons, of a pastor who must have been popular in teh 1960's. He now seems out of touch with the realizties of today. Diversity awareness of this sort has created nothing but children who can't tell right from wrong. Coffin seems like he hasn't read the newspapers in a while, or at best only hears what he wants to hear. This is what happens when hippies get ordained.