Universities: Yale's Catholic Professor

The first U.S. colleges were founded by churches to train preachers and propagate particular denominations, but higher scholarship and declining sectarianism have more and more moved colleges to treat religion as a subject for study, like languages or history. Puritan-founded Yale, for example, which once banned even Episcopalians, now has a wide-ranging program of religious studies. Symbolic of the times, Yale last week announced a new chair for Roman Catholic studies—the first such permanent professorship at any non-sectarian U.S. university.*

Holder of Yale's new T. Lawrason Riggs Professorship in Religion, a...

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