Dr. Matthew Arbo

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
Office Location Montgomery Hall, 204
Phone (Office) 405.585.4436
OBU Mailbox # 61273
Email matthew.arbo@okbu.edu


Dr. Matthew Arbo is the Jewell and Joe L. Huitt Assistant Professor of Theological Studies and Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Oklahoma Baptist University. 

Arbo is the author of Political Vanity: Adam Ferguson on the Moral Tensions of Early Capitalism (Fortress Press, 2014) and, more recently, Walking Through Infertility: Biblical, Theological, and Moral Counsel for those who are Struggling (Crossway, 2018). His essays and articles on wide-ranging moral and political questions appear in several edited volumes and top-tier journals, including Political Theology, Studies in Christian Ethics, and the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics. Arbo is an active participant in the scholarly community, contributing as an invited panelist or presenter for conferences at Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, and Tyndale House (Cambridge), among others. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Society of Christian Ethics, and Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Arbo is an appointed Research Fellow in Christian Ethics for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Arbo's wife, Ashli, is an attorney and together they have two sons, Henry and James. The Arbo family are members of Frontline Church, Oklahoma City, where Matthew also serves as an elder.


  • Ph.D, University of Edinburgh
  • MTh., University of Edinburgh
  • MA., Liberty University
  • BA., Liberty University
  • Dissertation: Antinomies of the Commercial Age

Courses Taught

  • REL 3073: Biblical Ethics
  • REL/PHIL 4613: Religion and the State
  • PHIL 3533: Moral Philosophy
  • PHIL 1043: Introduction to Philosophy

Selected Publications


Political Vanity: Adam Ferguson on the Moral Tensions of Early Capitalism. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014. ISBN 9781451482751.

Deceit: A Theological Inquiry. (under review)


“On the Idea of Commerce as a Natural Means of Human Improvement: Adam Smith’s Theory of Progress,” in Theology and Economics: A Christian Vision of the Common Good, Jeremy Kidwell
and Sean Doherty, eds. (Palgrave, 2014).

“Theodicy and Commerce,” Studies in Christian Ethics. Vol. 27.2, May 2014.

“More than Fairness: The Shape of Justice in the New Testament,” Justice as Unfairness: John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement. Anthony Bradley and Greg Forester, eds.. New York: Lexington Books, 2014.

“Recovering Political Apologies,” Midwestern Journal of Theology. Vol. 11, No. 1 (2012), pp.103-114.

“Blessed Insurance: How can Healthcare be Healed?” Coffee Table Conversations: Perspectives on Current Issues. Edited by Russell L. Meek and N. Blake Hearson. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

“Adam Ferguson’s Sermon on Ersh Language: A Word from 2 Samuel on Martial Responsibility and Political Order,” Political Theology. Vol. 12, No. 6 (2011), pp.870-893.

“The Meaning of ‘Universal Benevolence,” Evangelical Review of Society and Politics. Vol. 4, No. 1 (2010), pp.26-44.


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Evangelical Theological Society