A Passion for the Possible: A Message to U. S. Churches / Edition 2

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Overview

A Passion for the Possible presents a vision for the future that challenges assumptions and deepens our understanding of the importance of social change. William Sloane Coffin deals with social issues that continue to face U.S. churches--war, the environment, racism, homophobia, abortion, and sexism. This second edition adds Coffin's powerful sermon preached after September 11, 2001 and a foreward by Martin Marty.

Coffin deals with the most controversial social issues facing U.S. churches--abortion, sexism, homophobia, racism, poverty, the environment, disarmament--and, using a biblical perspective, presents a vision for the future that will promote discussion, challenge assumptions, and deeper our passion for the possible.

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Editorial Reviews

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Not everyone will agree with Coffin's solutions to controversial issues of war, environment, welfare, racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and careerism. But Coffin, formerly pastor of Riverside Church in New York, confronts these issues clearly, with compassionate understanding of both sides of an issue and with meditative reasoning steeped in both biblical and contemporary cultural understandings. An epilog encourages preachers, in the spirit of Thurgood Marshall, to realize that ``hope criticizes what is, hopelessness rationalizes it.'' This work is not only for clergy and churchgoers but also for anyone wanting to rethink these issues. Recommended for public and seminary libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664228569
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,171,300
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author


William Sloane Coffin served as chaplain of Yale University and Williams College, was senior minister of Riverside Church, and is President Emeritus of SANE/FREEZE: Campaign for Global Security. He became famous while at Yale in the 1960s for his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was jailed as a civil rights Freedom Rider, indicted by the U.S. government in the Benjamin Spock conspiracy trial, and has been immortalized as Rev. Sloan in the Doonesbury comic strip. Both Union Theological Seminary in New York and Yale University have established scholarships in his honor.Included in his works are Credo and A Passion for the Possible, both available from WJK.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A Vision of the Future 4
2 Beyond War 15
3 The Environment 26
4 Beyond Charity 34
5 Race and Charity 45
6 Sexism 55
7 Homophobia 62
8 Abortion 69
9 Career Versus Calling 75
Epilogue: A Word to the Preachers 84
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