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Chicago, University of
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In 1892 the oil magnate J.D. Rockefeller and other Baptists participated in the founding of the private University of Chicago. As the heyday of tax-financed public universities was beginning, these pioneer spirits wished to promote scholarship, letting their course be guided by the doctoral programs of European universities. The former Baptist Union Theological Seminary, which had been located in the Chicago suburb of Morgan Park and shut its doors in 1886, became the University of Chicago…

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Marty, Martin E., “Chicago, University of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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