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Harry Emerson Fosdick

Editor’s note: This article has been revised to remove a statement about William Sloane Coffin being kin to Harry Emerson Fosdick. They were not related. Most ministers I know pray for courage daily. Ministry is a sacrificial act that requires risk, reconciliation and intuition. It is a craft that pastors shape over time, a vocation […] Read More

Mention of Harry Emerson Fosdick usually brings to mind his very public role in the fundamentalist-modernist controversy that rattled Protestant America early in the 1920s. In 1918 Fosdick accepted the position as preaching minister at the First Presbyterian Church of New York City, a new church formed through the merger of three congregations. He was […] Read More