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.