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Columbia to Give Course in Religions

May 21, 1929
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A course in religion, to be taught by representatives of various faiths and describing every great type of religion, will be an experiment tried next fall at St. Stephen’s College of Columbia University, at Annandale, it was announced by Dr. Bernard Iddings Bell, warden of the college.

The course, it is stated, will be the first attempt in an American college to give a course in religion which officially represents all religions and which is taught by men of different faiths. Co-operating with Dr. Bell will be the Rev. Father Clifford of Columbia, representing the Roman Catholic Church; the Rev. Dr. William P. Merrill, of the Brick Presbyterian Church, representing Protestants, and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, of the Free Synagogue, representing Judaism. The course is a development of the orientation course in religion given at Annandale for the last five years as a required study for freshmen.

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