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Peter Gomes

Peter Gomes is an American Baptist minister who has served in The Memorial Church at Harvard University since 1970. Gomes is also the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and is[…]

“He made us think” would be a very nice epitaph.

Gomes: Well that is not an easy question, which is why you doubtless put it to me.  I hope that I will always be thought of as a thoughtful preacher, that I took the life and the mind seriously, that I didn’t toy with people’s emotions, that I worked very hard in trying to find the right words to convey the right ideas.  I’d like people to think that that’s what I did and that I did it well – that I did it over a long period of time in a wide variety of places.  It would please me to be thought of as effective both in an exalted place like the Memorial Church of Harvard University, and in a very modest pulpit like South Pond Chapel in the dark woods of Plymouth, Massachusetts – that I was, in those remarkably different settings, to make people think, and to cause them to react and to respond.  That’s what I’m interested in.  And I would hope that that would be the legacy that I would leave behind.  “He made us think” would be a very nice epitaph.