Seminaries: Chicago at 100

John D. Rockefeller Sr. was a Baptist of conventional piety, hardly the sort of man to launch a religious insurrection. Without intending to, he did. As the price for bankrolling the founding of the University of Chicago in 1890, he insisted that Chicago's struggling, sectarian Baptist Seminary become the nucleus of the university. This year Chicago's Divinity School, older than the university because it dates from the seminary's founding, celebrates its 100th anniversary-respected everywhere for dynamism, innovation and influence.

In the free environment of the new University of Chicago, the Divinity...

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