Letters to a Young Doubter

Letters to a Young Doubter In Letters to a Young Poet the poet Rainer Maria Rilke advises to be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves for gradually you will live into

  • Title: Letters to a Young Doubter
  • Author: William Sloane Coffin
  • ISBN: 9780664229290
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Letters to a Young Poet, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke advises to be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves, for gradually, you will live into the answers These words have long struck renowned preacher and activist William Sloane Coffin as a wise way to view a growing and evolving life Thus inspired, Coffin, foIn Letters to a Young Poet, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke advises to be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves, for gradually, you will live into the answers These words have long struck renowned preacher and activist William Sloane Coffin as a wise way to view a growing and evolving life Thus inspired, Coffin, former university chaplain at Yale, imagined a similar volume of letters.

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    • i have bought two copies of this book and gave both away, one to my priest. incredible. down to earth faith and doubt encased in an academic world--yale. in the tradition of rilkeàs letters to a young poet, a student at yale writes the chaplain and their discourse is incredible. and the once-chaplain of yale, the late william sloan coffin, wrote it. wow.


    • "Doubts move you forward, not backward, just as long as you doubt out of the love of truth, not out of some pathological need to doubt" (2)."The unknown is the mind's greatest need, and for it no one thinks to thank God" (Emily Dickinson)."The Truth must dazzle gradually,/or every man be blind." (Emily Dickinson)"It's a cold November day here, but the memory lingers on of Vermont's finest hour. A month ago Moses would not have known at which bush to turn aside!" (20)."Once in college I searched [...]


    • On April 12th of this year we lost a great man, Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Of all his writings I want to recommend for your reading edification a small but wise volume, written shortly before the author's death at 82, Letters to a Young Doubter. The work was inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, who in his July 16, 1903 letter wrote these famous and wise words of encouragement to the young aspiring poet, Franz Xavier Kappus: " have patience with everything unresolved in [...]


    • For any person who has read a sermon of Coffins, was intrigued, stirred, or even confused, this is an excellent and accessible primer to his political theology. Through the medium of letters to a fictitious (but no less 'real') sharp, young, but skeptical Christian, Coffin lays out his theological perspectives on the abundance of life, the difference death makes, and the undeniable social justice tenor of the Gospel, which cannot be denied. An excellent, quick read.


    • A wonderful series of fictional letters, based on a similar collection of letters by Rilke. This was my first sustained encounter with Coffin, and I will be back for more. He would be more interesting if he were more theologically oriented and less predictably liberal at points, but overall a very thoughtful and helpful series of reflections. A book whose quick read far outweighs its impact.


    • I was hoping to like this book more than I did. I appreciated the format, but wasn't inspired like I was with Rilke's book. Parts were poignant, but I was surprised by the amount of political views in the book. I was expecting more spiritual words of wisdom, and could've done without the politics.


    • This unfortunately wasn't as good as I thought it would be. It was a take on Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, which I loved, but even though the format was the same, it didn't impact me the way Rilke's work did. Just ok.


    • When I started this book, I thought I was really going to like it. However, I ended up not finishing it. It became too much about the author's political views (to be clear, most of which I agree with) rather than theology and doubt.


    • Coffin uses beautiful language and a full heart to express his beliefs to his young, fictional friend. Oh that my faith could be as strong as his was.



    • It was shorter than I expected but still a good read. This is a book I plan on going back to again and again




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