As Christians conquered pagan lands, they regularly superimposed Christian symbols on pagan shrines. I thought of this when I read that the buildings of Chicago Theological Seminary have been sold to the University of Chicago and will become the Milton Friedman Institute, named after one of our era’s most celebrated economists.
Only the most nostalgic and sentimental will begrudge CTS for selling. It’s getting a new building better situated for training people for ministry—and financial loot to boot. Not a bad bargain. But what’s the future of the Thorndike Hilton Chapel, a gem of all gems in Chicago? Or of the Graham Taylor Chapel, where theological greats held forth and generations of students worshiped? Given the devotion extended through Friedman to the free market, will the signs $ and £ replace Christian symbols for worshipers at the new institute?