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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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Preaching the Word: Coffin in Demand

Preaching the Word: Coffin in Demand

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(p.129) Seven Preaching the Word: Coffin in Demand
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William Sloane Coffin Jr.
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Warren Goldstein

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300102215.003.0008

This chapter illustrates how William Sloane Coffin, Jr. became an important new figure on the educational and religious scenes of the early 1960s; he appeared to be everywhere. Life magazine designated him one of the “Red Hot Hundred” in a special issue in 1962 devoted to “The Take-Over Generation.” From television appearances and radio programs, from prep school lecterns and college pulpits, from national magazines, local newsletters, and newspaper headlines, Coffin preached a witty, quotable, provocative, prophetic Christianity. His photogenic and, more importantly, telegenic good looks—his handsome, square-jawed face, horn-rimmed glasses, slightly receding hairline, and athletic build—were about to become fixtures in American media for the rest of the decade. With a knack for stirring up controversy, Coffin created news. By 1963, he had become nothing less than a phenomenon.

Keywords:   religious scenes, Red Hot Hundred, The Take-Over Generation, prophetic Christianity, American media, controversy

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