The Future of the Seminary in a Dogmatic Age


Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz in Conversation with NYU President Emeritus John Sexton
Moderated by Krista Tippett

In his 2019 book, Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age, Dr. John Sexton, former president of New York University, argues that a “secular dogmatism,” impenetrable by dialogue or reason, has come to dominate political discourse in America. Sexton sees our universities, engines of knowledge and stewards of thought, as the antidote, the crucial foundation-blocks of an interlocking world characterized by “secular ecumenism.”

In this special JTS event, JTS Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz joins Professor Sexton for an online dialogue inspired by his book. The discussion is moderated by the celebrated host of public radio’s On Being, Krista Tippett, and explores questions including:

How does JTS’s mission differ from that of a secular university such as NYU?
What are the challenges and responsibilities of higher education in our fractured times?
Do seminaries have distinctive challenges and responsibilities during this moment?
What might be considered “heresies” at JTS? At NYU?
This event was sponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS.