The Nation: The Coffin Course in Ethics

Religion and Social Ethics: The types of ethical thought developed in the first semester will be applied to such problem areas of contemporary society as 1) race & racism; 2) sex & family; 3) economic ethics; 4) political ethics; 5) national ethics. These and similar problems will be studied by reading and analysis of such documents as Myrdal's An American Dilemma, various Papal Encyclicals, and statements of other religious bodies.

Such was the catalogue description of one of the last courses Jeb Stuart Magruder took at Williams College. It was taught by William Sloane Coffin Jr., who became chaplain of Yale later...

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