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October 4, 1952

God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of "Academic Freedom."

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By William F. Buckley, Jr. Introduction by John Chamberlain. Cloth. $3.50. Pp. 240. Henry Regnery Company, 20 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago 4, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;150(5):526. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680050092042

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This extremely well-written book traces the development and dominance of agnosticism and collectivism in the texts and teachings in one of our oldest universities. Yale was founded to upraise spiritual leaders and has been supported by the fruits of a free economy. It is supposedly one of the more conservative institutions of higher learning. According to the author, its students are exposed to predominantly antireligious and frankly collectivist doctrines in the courses that deal with economics and religion, outside of the School of Religion. The evidence presented indicates that religion is neglected or derided in most of these courses but is convincing in the field of economic theory and practice. The author supports his case by extensive quotations from texts and from lectures and statements by professors.

The book is well worth reading for anyone interested in education and its influence on the course of American life. One disturbing feature

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