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GOD AND MAN AT YALE by William F. Buckley Jr.

GOD AND MAN AT YALE

The Superstitions Of 'academic Freedom'

By William F. Buckley Jr.

Pub Date: June 15th, 1951
ISBN: 089526692X
Publisher: Regenery

Mr. Buckley's concern in this essay (his own term) is the "net impact of Yale education" and he points out the various ways in which Yale seriously fails its undergraduates- particularly in the lack of a religious attitude and a "recognition of the merits of our economic system". He cites examples of default or deliberate distortion in the departments which he feels should be responsible for the teaching of Christianity and minimal government control. He finds that collectivism, atheism and agnosticism are encouraged-through the choice of instructors and textbooks, and he does not hesitate to name names to prove his point. Buckley is fond of sweeping generalities, refuting some by citing others; he is also susceptible to personal rather than objective vindictiveness; and while he declares himself to be dedicated to this "cause"- his material as well as his mission may be suspect to many.