OBU to Host Sessions on ‘Seeking Wisdom’

The Book of Proverbs is abundantly clear about the incredible value of wisdom. OBU's Faith and Disciplines Committee is seeking to fulfill that teaching with a series of lectures and discussions April 4-6 featuring Dr. Darin Davis, director of Baylor University’s Institute for Faith and Learning.

The events reflect the teaching found in Proverbs 2:1-2, 4-5: “My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; … if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures -– then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

Sessions designed specifically for the OBU community will begin Monday, April 4, with “What is wisdom?” The faculty panel and discussion will be from 4-5:30 p.m. in GC 105-07. Also on Monday, the topic “How does one become wise?” will be discussed following a viewing of the movie “Places in the Heart” from 7-10 p.m. in Shawnee Hall 304.

The local community is invited to attend a lunch-time conversation with Davis on Tuesday, April 5, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. about the possibilities for a faith-learning center at OBU. Participants can purchase lunch in the cafeteria or bring a lunch and join the discussion in the Geiger Center, room 214.

Davis will meet with OBU faculty members on Tuesday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m., for a presentation and discussion on the theme “Educating for Wisdom and the Christian University.” Both the Faculty Development and Faith and Disciplines committees are sponsoring the dinner session, which will be in the Montgomery Hall lounge. Following the faculty dinner, from 7-8 p.m., OBU students may join interested faculty to continue discussions with Davis.

While students are attending the traditional Hyde Park chapel on Wednesday, April 6, from 10-11 a.m., faculty members and those interested from the local community can join Davis for a discussion on how serious considerations of wisdom might influence the work with students. Part of the discussion will center around an essay written by Davis and Paul Wadell for “The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education,” which was co-edited by OBU alum Doug Henry. The session will be in the Geiger Center Faculty Lounge.

The final session for the OBU community -– on the topic “Why take wisdom seriously?” -– will be on Wednesday, April 6, from 3-4:30 p.m. in GC 214. Faculty members and students are encouraged to attend the roundtable discussion.

Davis serves as assistant professor of philosophy and director of the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University. His areas of interest include contemporary moral philosophy, history of ethics, business ethics, religion and higher education. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas; a master’s degree from Baylor; and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University.

The Institute for Faith and Learning was founded in 1997 to assist Baylor in achieving its mission of integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment, and its goal of becoming a university of the first rank committed to its Baptist and Christian heritage. Since its founding, the institute has developed several major programs in support of this mission, cultivating high-quality research, sponsoring conferences and encouraging teaching faithful to the Christian intellectual tradition. For more information about the institute, click here.

For more information about the series of discussions, contact Dr. Glenn Sanders, professor of history and chair of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, at (405) 878-2215.