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University Sermons by Henry Sloane Coffin


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A snapshot of one of America’s most celebrated preachers at the height of his communicative powers.

Henry Sloane Coffin was one of the most gifted pastoral speakers of the twentieth century. His intellectual eloquence and penetrating Biblical insights were a wellspring of inspiration for countless hearts and minds.

Assembled here is a collection of his sermons given in the early 1900s to students at some of the most prestigious American academic institutions.

Throughout Coffin preaches a real and living Christ, encourages genuine contact with God, and beckons the practice of a daring faith that ventures to uncharted shores of theological discovery.

University Sermons lifts readers into a higher and larger life of Christian experience while offering a snapshot of one of America’s most celebrated preachers at the height of his communicative powers. We are proud to present it in its original format while also including endnotes to help readers identify historical references.

Henry Sloane Coffin (1877-1954) was a renowned American minister and educator. He pastored Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City and made it one of the most influential churches in America under his leadership. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. and was President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from Yale University, and B.D. from Union Theological Seminary.


“The pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, is a distinct figure among the younger ministers of our Eastern seaboard. The reader of these fifteen sermons easily understands why so many universities and colleges invite him to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the minds and hearts of their students. His spirit and attitude and handling are so manly, so fair and square, so considerate toward every honest doubt or question, so fearlessly frank; so free from dodging or evasion; his venture into the arena of discussion and declaration is so calmly confident of the sufficiency of our Lord and Saviour; his bearing is so manifestly that of “a gentleman unafraid;” his reasoning is so clear and sane, his appeal so direct and faithful; and all in a style remarkable for apt simile and pertinent suggestion – one does not wonder that the college boys listen and want more of it.” –The Methodist Review

“Unassuming directness and ethical intention are conspicuous in the University Sermons of Henry Sloane Coffin. “They are,” he says in his preface, “necessarily colloquial.” They were “preached to congregations of students.” They are, in a word, the translation into language easily apprehended by young people, of a singularly vivid and genuine experience of Christian discipleship. Vitality, reality, and communicative power are felt in every phrase.” –The Harvard Theological Review

1. Three Stages in Religious Experience
2. Religious Prepossessions
3. The Finality of Jesus
4. Abilities Suicidally Used
5. The Claims of the Church upon Christians
6. Fools for a Purpose
7. Revelation by Concealment
8. The Religious Faculty
9. Unexpected Sympathy
10. The Christian Thought of God
11. Faith and Growing Knowledge
12. The Fallacy of Origins
13. The Reality of God
14. Religion – A Load or a Lift?
15. The Old, Old Story

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-953855-31-2
ISBN (PDF): 978-1-953855-33-6
ISBN (EPUB): 978-1-953855-34-3

RELIGION / Sermons / Christian (REL058010)
RELIGION / Christianity / Presbyterian (REL097000)

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