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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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From Education to Vocation

From Education to Vocation

(p.86) Five From Education to Vocation
William Sloane Coffin Jr.

Warren Goldstein

Yale University Press

Coffin was not teachable in a traditional sense, this chapter states; nevertheless, he plunged into study, enjoying the swing of the pendulum back from the more physical experience of the CIA. He had picked the right time to go to Yale. Yale's faculty included H. Richard Niebuhr, Reinhold's more meditative younger brother, who taught theology and ethics; Robert L. Calhoun, who taught systematic or historical theology; Julian Hartt, who taught religion and philosophy; and Roland Bainton, the eminent church historian known for his superb storytelling. Despite the lack of activists such as Reinhold Niebuhr and Bill Webber at Union, Coffin and Maguire both recalled Yale as intellectually exciting. For Coffin, Richard Niebuhr's presence dominated the Divinity School. At Yale, Coffin elaborated the theology that governed his interpretation of Christianity for the rest of his life.

Keywords:   traditional sense, CIA, H. Richard Niebuhr, Reinhold, Robert L. Calhoun, Julian Hartt, Roland Bainton

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