Oklahoma Baptist University

Reading for Welcome Week

The Idea of a Christian College
by Arthur F. Holmes

There is an air of excitement and anticipation on Bison Hill as the OBU community prepares for the upcoming fall semester and your arrival on campus. If you have any need or concerns as you prepare to make the transition to OBU, please feel free to contact us and allow us to assist you. Each new student receives a copy of Holmes' book upon enrolling for fall classes. If you have enrolled as a new student for the fall and did not receive your copy, please email us at to request your copy.

We have selected eleven faculty members to lead you in a discussion of this book during Welcome Week. This will be accomplished in eight groups in three sessions throughout Welcome Week. These sessions will be attended by new students as well as by the upper-class Welcome Week Workers (Tri-Ws). They have also read this book in preparation for their role in introducing you to OBU.

It is our desire that you find a community at OBU which stimulates your academic growth and in which you can feel at home. Welcome Week is designed to begin that process. We want you to know that the Student Services Office is here to serve and assist you in making your OBU experience a positive, successful one. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance. We will see you in August.

Faculty Book Study Leaders

Study Questions

Chapters 1 - 3

  • Are there some things that Holmes says about a Christian college that encourage you? If so, what are those things?
  • Are you disappointed in anything that Holmes rules out in the idea of a Christian college? If so, what are those things?
  • Why do we need to be educated as Christians?

Chapters 4 - 6

  • What does Holmes say about students taking courses outside their interests? Do you agree or disagree? What do you say about students taking courses outside their interests? Should such courses be required?
  • Do students and faculty at a Christian liberal arts university have more or less freedom than students and faculty at a secular university? Explain your reasoning. What do you expect from your professors: as instructors? as Christian educators?
  • What do you think your professors expect from you: as students? as Christian students?

Chapters 7 - 9

  • What does Holmes mean by the integration of faith and learning?
  • So, Pat is an educated person. Chapter 9 sums up the message in general terms, then illustrates the points with Pat. Let's use you to illustrate what it is to be an educated person. What do you hope to be as an educated person educated in the Christian liberal arts in four years? What parts of your vision do you think Holmes would approve of? What parts of your vision might he grimace at?
  • Why do we need to be educated as Christians? What did you think of the book?

Key concepts to define:

  • Integration of Faith and Learning
  • Christian Worldview
  • Academic Freedom