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Credo Hardcover – January 1, 2004
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Editor Stephanie Egnotovich reviewed a lifetime of Coffin's sermons and unpublished speeches and then excerpted and organized them into categories. His words and her editing created a book that is full of quotables. For example:
On Social Justice and Economic Rights: "In the United States grim poverty is a tragedy that great wealth makes a sin."For the leftist leaning Christian, this is the book you'll want to take on your next spiritual retreat, political protest, or any situation where left-leaning Christians gather to create social change. And when it's not being carted around in a satchel, it deserves a permanent residence on your lifelong spiritual contemplations bookshelf. --Gail Hudson
On Social Justice and Civil Liberties: "Prejudice disfigures the observer, not the person observed. If only the latter could remember it."
On Patriotism: "All nations make decisions based on self-interest and then defend them in the name of morality."
On War and Peace: "We are beginning to resemble extinct dinosaurs who suffered from too much armor and too little brain."
"Coffin has both enraptured and challenged the nation.The passionate music of his ministry soars from these pages." -- Garry Trudeau, internationally syndicated cartoonist, creator of Doonesbury
"The voice of a prophet and wisdom for the ages." -- Bill Moyers
"Those who encounter this magnificent Credo will quickly realize it is a work of love of the highest order." --Circuit Rider, July/August 2004
Top Customer Reviews
Coffin is no light-weight as one hysterical right-wing reviewer suggests. He has been Yale University's chaplain, minister of Riverside church in Manhattan, and is now working for nuclear disarmament. I believe he was also active in the civil rights movement if I remember correctly. Yes, he is liberal and thank God for that! Once CAN be religious and liberal at the same time! The two go hand in hand. It is refreshing to hear a minister, a person of faith, INDICT us to truly love our neighbor even if we perceive him to be "different" from us; to remember the poor and work to help them; to protest when our nation goes in the wrong direction. This is an excellent book for those who are sick and tired of George Bush's brand of "compassionate conservatism" in which he tries to relegate gays to second-class citizenship, believes that wholesale murder of innocent Iraqis will lead to a democratic peace in that nation, and who puts our nation in jeopardy through corrupt and wasteful stewardship of our national finances and the environment, etc. There is a lot here to think about and work toward.
Not only did he sing with great richness of tone but also in his profound statements. My memory will hold his deeply rich voice alongside his quotations of Walter Brueggemann: "Justice is to sort out what belongs to whom and return it to them!"
Another quotation of Parker Palmer: "Relationships-not facts and reason-are the key to reality." Huston Smith: "The larger the island of knowledge--The greater the shoreline of wonder!" More than sufficient to see & hear him as the master of metaphor in writing, preaching, and conversation! Amen for this wondrously inspired collection from Bill Coffin's Wisdom treaure-chest!
Retired Chap Fred W Hood
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A wonderful collection of wisdom from a man who was one of the great voices of the 20th centuryPublished 2 months ago by Peter W. Keller
Coffin shares still more of his wisdom in very open and genuine waysPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Coffin is a very wise man. This allows quick and easy reading of some of his enduring ideas. I like to hit a few during the quiet moments in the morning or at the end of the day... Read morePublished 12 months ago by tony pegel
A wonderful collection of thought provoking and action inspiring words from one of the great preachers of my time.Published 16 months ago by rev.ian.m
Remarkable and wonderful reminder of what the Christian life well-lived is all about. Should be required reading in seminaries and for all who aren't sure how to model Christ in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Richard H.