Harvard Divinity School by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1955

On this Good Friday we look at shots taken for LIFE Magazine in 1955 by renowned photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. — CC

9 Comments on "Harvard Divinity School by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1955"

  1. Speaking of Harvard, did anyone see Andrew Ross Sorkin’s column this week on the HBS? Based on that column, it looks as if HBS could use a little HDS in its curriculum. Sorkin discusses the new book coming out from Duff MacDonald. Schools like Harvard have strayed very far from their original Christian missions.

  2. The golden age of American theological education.

  3. @Walt

    Do expand on your comment, please.

  4. Vern Trotter | April 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm |

    Of course, the most famous HDS graduate was Horatio Alger in 1860. Much too early for any Ivy Style.

  5. I’d say all the Ivy schools that were religious (UPenn and Cornell were always nonsectarian) have strayed from their origins. Harvard was founded to teach ministers, I believe.

  6. Do any of you fellows have any opinions on Mr. Buckley’s book God and Man at Yale: The Superstition of Academic Freedom. I believe the subject is some what related to the subject of this article.

  7. During this period Reinhold Niebuhr was at Union Theological Seminary in New York, H Richard Niebuhr was at Yale Divinity School, Emil Brunner was at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Paul Tillich was at UnionTheological Seminary and then Harvard Divinity School. The students pictured above had the marvelous privilege of studying with some of the century’s most eminent theologians. Moreover, rail service in the Northeast made it possible for students and faculty to easily visit other regional campuses for special lectures. And yes, sartorialy speaking, a former pastor of mine who attended PTS in the mid-50s always dressed in the ivy style.

  8. Nice striped sport coat and club collar in the front row, first pic.

  9. I attended a Protestant seminary in the 1980s. Never forget my first impression. ” This is the sloppiest bunch of preachers I’ve ever seen.” Then look at most evangelical ministers today. Gotta look ‘ cool.’

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