Coffin, Henry Sloane

Coffin, Henry Sloane,

1877–1954, American Presbyterian clergyman, b. New York City. He was pastor of the Madison Ave. Presbyterian Church in New York City (1905–26), lecturer (1904–9), associate professor of pastoral theology (1909–26), and president (1926–45) of Union Theological Seminary. He was moderator (1943–44) of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. His works include The Meaning of the Cross (1931), God's Turn (1934), Religion Yesterday and Today (1940), God Confronts Man in History (1947), and Communion through Preaching (1952).


See biography by M. P. Noyes (1964).

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Coffin, Henry Sloane

(1877–1954) Protestant clergyman, educator; born in New York City. He graduated from Yale in 1897 and studied abroad for two years before taking a divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in 1900. An evangelical liberal, he held Presbyterian pastorates from 1904–26. As president of Union Seminary from 1926–45 he promoted open inquiry into theological issues. He retired in 1945 but remained active as a lecturer and preacher. His Religion Yesterday and Today appeared in 1940.
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