The Heart Is a Little to the Left

Essays on Public Morality

William Sloane Coffin

William Sloane Coffin offers here a powerful antidote to the politics of the religious right with a clarion call to passive intellectuals and dispirited liberals to reenter the fray with an unabashedly Christian view of social justice. Refusing to cede the battlefield of morality to conservatives, he argues that “compassion demands confrontation,” as he considers such topics as homophobia, diversity, nuclear weapons, and civil discourse.

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Paper: $15.95 | E-book: $12.99
ISBN-13: 9781611680249
Pages: 96 | Size: 5.3 in. x 8.4 in.
Date Published: February 8, 2011


  • Passionate, sometimes angry, yet never defeatist, Coffin reads as vibrantly and dynamically as he has lived. His confrontational tone serves as a challenge to anyone willing to engage this old moral warrior.

    Library Journal

About the Author

WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN (1924–2006) served for 18 years as chaplain of Yale University, was senior minister of Riverside Church, and was president emeritus of SANE/FREEZE: Campaign for Global Security. His books include Once to Every Man: An Autobiography, The Courage to Love, Living the Truth in a World of Illusions, and A Passion for the Possible.

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