Coffin, Henry Sloane 1877-1954

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COFFIN, Henry Sloane 1877-1954


Born January 5, 1877, in New York, NY; died November 25, 1954, in Lakeville, CT; son of Edmund (a legal advisor) and Euphemia (Sloane) Coffin; married Dorothy Prentice Eells, September 6, 1906; children: two. Education: Yale University, graduated, 1897, B.D., 1900; attended New College, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1897-99, and University of Marburg, 1899; Union Theological Seminary, B.D., 1900.


Ordained Presbyterian minister, 1900; pastor of Presbyterian church in Bronx, NY; Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, teacher of practical theology, 1904-26, president, 1926-45; lecturer and public speaker, 1945-54. Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, pastor, 1905-26; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., moderator of General Assembly, 1943-44. New College, Edinburgh, Scotland, Warrack Lecturer, 1926; Joseph Cook Lecturer abroad, 1946-47; Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, George Craig Stewart Lecturer on Preaching; Auburn Seminary, Russell Lecturer; Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church in the United States, Swander Lecturer; Yale University, Lyman Beecher Lecturer. Young Men's Christian Association, speaker in United States and France during World War I.


The Creed of Jesus and Other Sermons, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY), 1907.

(Editor) Hymns of the Kingdom of God with Tunes, A. S. Barnes and Co. (New York, NY), 1910, 2nd edition (with White Vernon Ambrose) published as Hymns of the Kingdom of God, 1923.

Social Aspects of the Cross, Hodder & Stoughton (New York, NY), 1911.

University Sermons, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1914.

Some Christian Convictions: A Practical Restatement in Terms of Present-day Thinking, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1915, reprinted, Books for Libraries Press (Freeport, NY), 1972.

The Ten Commandments: With a Christian Application to Present Conditions, Hodder & Stoughton (New York, NY), 1915.

In a Day of Social Rebuilding: Lectures on the Ministry of the Church, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1918.

More Christian Industrial Order, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1920. What to Preach, George H. Doran (New York, NY), 1926.

The Portraits of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1926. The Meaning of the Cross, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY), 1931.

What Men Are Asking: Some Current Questions inReligion, Cokesbury Press (Nashville, TN), 1933.

God's Turn (collected sermons), Harper and Brothers (New York, NY), 1934.

Religion Yesterday and Today, Cokesbury Press (Nashville, TN), 1940.

The Public Worship of God: A Source Book, Westminster Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1946.

God Confronts Man in History, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY), 1947.

Communion through Preaching: The Monstrance of the Gospel, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY), 1952.

A Half Century of Union Theological Seminary, 1896-1945: An Informal History, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY), 1954.

Joy in Believing: Selections from the Spoken and Written Words and the Prayers of Henry Sloane Coffin, edited by Walter Russell Bowie, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY), 1956.

Contributor to books, including Twelve Modern Apostles and Their Creeds, edited by G. K. Chesterton and others, 1926.



Chesterton, G. K., and other editors, Twelve Modern Apostles and Their Creeds, 1926.

Noyes, Morgan Phelps, Henry Sloane Coffin: The Man and His Ministry, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY), 1964.

Religious Leaders of America, 2nd edition, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1999.*