Religion: The Button-Down Hair Shirt

When Nathan Marsh Pusey took over the presidency of Harvard five years ago, he was a new broom that swept in religion. An even newer if considerably smaller broom is now trying to sweep some of it out again. Pusey and his emphasis on religion were being breezily challenged by a second-year graduate student in philosophy, William Warren Bartley III ('56). Vehicle of his attack: an 8,000-word Crimson article on Harvard's "button-down hair shirt."

Even before his installation as president, Pusey used an address at the Harvard Divinity School (TIME, Oct. 5, 1953) to...

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