This non-denominational school for future clergy is widely regarded as a center of liberal theology. Its faculty has included such well-known theologians as William Sloan Coffin and Reinhold Niebuhr, whose philosophies, which the latter described as â€œapplied Christianity,â€ reshaped Protestantism in the twentieth century. It had been an affiliate of the United Presbyterian Church for many years, and in the beginning it was dedicated to revivalism and the Reformed traditions that began to emerge in the mid-nineteenth century. The Seminary had become independent by the time it moved into this Gothic building from its original location on the Upper East Side. It has been a neighbor of Columbia University here in Morningside Heights since 1910.
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