William Sloane Coffin on Socrates’ mistake

W.S. Coffin

Rev. William Sloane Coffin

Socrates had it wrong; it is not the unexamined life but finally the uncommitted life that is not worth living.   Descartes too was mistaken, “Cogito ergo sum – I think therefore I am?”  Nonsense,  Amo, ergo sum sum – I love therefore I am.  Or, with the unconscious eloquence St Paul wrote. “Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”  I believe that.  I believe that it is better not to live than not to love. 

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Thanks to the Rev. Martha Munson of First Universalist Church of Rochester, N.Y., for this quote from William Sloane Coffin’s Credo (which I haven’t read).

Here’s a review of Credo, here are more quotes, and here’s Coffin’s Wikipedia biography.

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