Shadows of Theology
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These ornate iron doors guard the southern entrance to the Chicago Theological Seminary - one of many prestigious seminaries on the University of Chicago campus. This space will be the future home of the Milton Friedman Institute. Forgetting for the moment the controversy surrounding the MFI, whether its vision will best serve the University or Friedman's memory, it is a cool building. Apart from the building, this biologist sees many parallels in the study of economics and religion and is comfortable in his own skin, despite a major in what some might call the dismal science. Chicago economics is a world apart form all others, and I enjoyed my time as a student. Freakonomics is the product of a Chicago School professor and is representative of what I remember economics at the U of C to be - the study of nearly any social behavior with basic economic theory.
Friedman was in many ways the founder of the Chicago School of Economics, and I am sure much academic capital is at stake in the planning and execution of the institute. I am no longer an economist, however, and I'm happy to work in my field and just enjoy the shadows that those gates cast.