In 1836, Union Theological Seminary opened its doors in New York City and quickly became one of the most prominent seminaries in America. By the late 1800s, UTS had also become one of the central institutions of liberal Christianity.
One of UTS’s graduates, Harry Emerson Fosdick, returned to his alma mater to teach other young men preparing to take the pulpits in churches across the land. At the time, Fosdick was the most prominent liberal theologian in the nation.
In 1930, a young German theologian by the name of Dietrich Bonhoeffer attended UTS to continue his theological training. Bonhoeffer, was executed by the Nazis in 1945 because of his anti-Nazi and Christian views. It didn’t take him long to realize that UTS was too liberal for his strong conservative theology. In reference to UTS, Bonhoeffer said, “There is no theology here.”
Over the years, Union Theological Seminary has continued to become so liberal, that they are far left of other liberal seminaries. And in keeping with their ultra liberal theology, they have now hired civil rights activist Cornel West.
West has long been known for his socialistic ideology. His views on Christianity are less Christian and more socialism. Some of his views make Rev Jeremiah Wright look more moderate than the radical Marxist he is.
President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Mark Tooley believes that UTS’s reasons for bringing West on staff was help regain some attention and prestige to the struggling seminary. In commenting about West joining the staff of UTS, Tooley said,
“Obviously Union Seminary hopes that [West’s return] will gain it greater attention and prestige, and obviously as a very liberal enclave in New York City, Cornel West will feel very comfortable there philosophically.
“Preachers taught and appeared at Union Seminary — they were liberal, but back then mainstream liberal. But now Union has become much more left-wing and … on the fringe. And Cornel West certainly gets a lot of public attention, but he’s not someone whom most American church-goers would in any way identify with.”
With the addition of Cornell West to their faculty, I truly believe that it’s time the school changes its name to Union Theological Cemetery as any vestiges of true Christianity in their halls has been dead and buried.