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William Sloane Coffin challenged the nation with his passionate calls for social justice. In this best-seller, Coffin gives a powerful record of his remarkable public life, offering his inspiring words on issues ranging from charity and justice to politics and the meaning of faith.
Paperback, 173 pages
Published December 31st 2004 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published 2003)
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Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Along with MLK, William Sloane Coffin was my greatest inspiration to get involved in activism and nonviolent civil disobedience. The guy's a legend--he was a freedom rider in the 60s, an adamant Vietnam War opponent, and he was out getting arrested for LGBT activism when he was almost 80 years old. He always saw through the bullshit of politics and religion, and this is even more impressive, to my mind, because of his status as a man of the cloth. This book is a collection of his pithy and flawl ...more
Katie Griffin
Nov 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
"Katie, you should really read this book, 'Credo' by William Sloane Coffin," said a friend of mine. "He has a lot to say about issues such as, poverty, civil rights, and how we as a church should be responding to these efforts." I didn't doubt that I would like it, but I also wasn't aware of how deeply moved I would be by William Sloane Coffin. From the moment I began reading Coffin's words, I knew I was reading the words of a modern-day prophet. Ever since then, this book has been present throu ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Being born in the 1980's, I had not heard of William Sloane Coffin before I read this book. After reading it, I was sad to see he had passed on before I even knew he had lived. "Creedo" is an amazing book, full of the wisdom gathered during a compassionate lifetime. While I may not call myself Christian, most of this book spoke to me in a language that transcends religious labels. On topics from social justice to interpretation of scripture, Coffin reminds the reader of Jesus' beautiful and comp ...more
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing

"Of God's love we can say two things: it is poured out universally for everyone from the Pope to the loneliest wino on the planet; and secondly, God's love doesn't seek value, it creates value. It is not because we have value that we are loved, but because we are loved that we have value. Our value is a gift, not an achievement."

"Love measures our stature: the more we love, the bigger we are. There is no smaller package in all the world than that of a man all wrapped up in himself."

Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
This book is a collection of sayings and passages from Rev. William Sloane Coffin's sermons. Rev. Coffin was the chaplain at Yale University during the Viet Nam era, and the pastor at New York's famous Riverside Church for twenty years. He was the most famous 'progressive' pastor in America for a long time, and after reading this book I can see why. For the most part, I found his observations and commentary to be full of incredible wisdom. There were a few clunkers, but overall, Rev. Coffin was ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is simply a collection of quotes and short discourses from renowned preacher and prophet William Sloane Coffin. While these quotes come from the mid-to-late decades of the 20th century, his insights and observations about matters of culture, faith and politics continue to challenge and speak boldly to 21st century people of faith. I enjoyed reading the book, was disturbed by reading the book, and was challenged by reading the book - all at the same time. Which, I believe, makes it a go ...more
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Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
LJ user fruhlings says, "Mr. Sloane Coffin was an American preacher who was also very liberal. In fact, I'd consider him a leftist. I'm a spiritual person, and this book of excerpts from his sermons was very uplifting and inspiring for me. He talks a lot about social justice and the place that religion has in it, and it's really interesting to read. I understand that this book might not be for everyone (and I respect that), and it's not necessarily focused on feminism really, but I think it's st ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wealth of insightful, inspiring words guides those who want to lead meaningful lives. This slim volume provides Coffin's guidance and insight into important matters many of us are struggling with today. If you are pondering issues like justice, politics, and mortality, this volume will enrich your life and your thinking.
Al Gritten
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Sloane Coffin and Wendell Berry are two of my favorite contemporary authors. Coffin speaks with spiritual depth as well as the insight that comes from years of parish ministry. He is engaging and his words not only encourage reflection on our faith, but actually invite us to savor moments in which to encounter God.
J. Ewbank
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-good-read, religion
This book by Coffin is a fascinating, compelling book. It looks at life, at the Christian life, at what we do and should or should not do. A very deep look at living the life of a Christian today. Well done.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
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