Religion: The Social Gospel at Yale

For his career as a theologian, Luther A. Weigle got an early start. When he was eleven, he was hired as a special correspondent of the Altoona (Pa.) Tribune to write news reports of his Lutheran father's sermons. At 48, he capped his career by becoming dean of the Yale University Divinity School. Last week Luther Weigle announced his resignation, at the retirement age of 68.

For 21 years bald, bespectacled Dean Weigle has headed the top-rank, nondenominational theological seminary atop New Haven's Prospect Street hill. Under his "liberal evangelical" administration the school's enrollment grew from about 150 Bachelor of Divinity students...

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