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William Sloane Coffin Jr.A Holy Impatience$
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Warren Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102215

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102215.001.0001

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A Holy Impatience

A Holy Impatience

(p.320) Fifteen A Holy Impatience
William Sloane Coffin Jr.

Warren Goldstein

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Coffin as the most influential liberal Protestant in America after Martin Luther King, Jr. Protestants constituted a majority of American Christians during his lifetime, but only if liberal and conservative denominations are combined. The conservative Billy Graham, for instance, had almost unbroken access to the White House during this entire period and preached to many millions in revivals and on television across the United States. A host of right-wing radio and television evangelists have also had large and regular audiences. During this time, also, Martin Luther King, Jr. dominated the liberal religious landscape for a dozen years by leading the greatest movement of his era and achieving unanticipated preeminence. Never rising to King's level of influence, Coffin's effect remained more varied and diffuse, and less momentous.

Keywords:   liberal Protestant, Martin Luther King Jr, American Christians, Billy Graham, White House

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