Seminaries: Right on the Premises

For nearly two years, a talent-scouting committee has been searching the U.S. for a new president of the nation's most famous nondenominational seminary, Union Theological, in Manhattan. Last week the board of directors elected a man who had been on campus all along: Dr. John Coleman Bennett, 61, who was dean of the faculty from 1955 until he became acting president after the retirement of Henry Pitney Van Dusen last June.

Congregationalist Minister John Bennett is a self-effacing theologian with some eyebrow-raising views about the duty of churches not to join any...

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