Faught To Examine Christians’ Response To Islam

An examination of how evangelical Christians are responding to Islam will be the focus of Oklahoma Baptist University’s annual Hobbs Lecture, Wednesday, Oct. 31,

Dr. Jerry Faught, OBU’s Dickinson professor of religion, will present the lecture at 10 a.m. in the university’s Raley Chapel.

“I want the students to realize that in order for them to live according to the high calling of God in Christ, they need to have empathetic insight when they deal with people from other religious traditions,” said Faught. “By empathetic insight I mean, not only do they need to have a cognitive understanding of the religious system, but they also need to have meaningful association with people from that tradition.”

Faught is dedicating the Hobbs Lecture to Dr. Paul Rutledge, former OBU professor of anthropology. Rutledge recently died after battling pancreatic cancer.

“My wife and I both had the privilege of having Dr. Rutledge as a professor at OBU,” said Faught, a 1983 OBU graduate. “He was a big influence in my life. I did not think I could go on and attend graduate school, however he encouraged me to continue my education. From him I learned how to appreciate other cultures and religions.”

Faught received his master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and completed his PhD. degree at Baylor University.

Faught writes regularly for Lifeway Christian Resources and Student Life Ministries. He has published many articles including “Isaac McCoy: Successful Missionary or Successful Humanitarian?” and “The Biblical Theology of Herschel H. Hobbs: An Exposition of the Southern Baptist Roots Via Media.”

His recent projects include the “Baptists” section of the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, and Where the Grass Roots Grow: A Biography of Herschel H. Hobbs. He also wrote a chapter on Independent Baptists in The Baptist Tradition: One Stream, Many Tributaries, published in 2006. He is the current president of the Baptist History and Heritage Society and chair of the editorial board for the Baptist History and Heritage Journal.

Faught recently delivered a series of lectures on Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism to students at the Baptist Seminary in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage was OBU’s first endowed lectureship. The Hobbs Lectureship program sponsors a lecture on the OBU campus every semester. The lectures are designed to help students grow in their knowledge of Baptist theology, Baptist history, studies of the Bible and other related themes. The lectureship began in the fall of 1980.

Friends of the late Dr. Hobbs, who was longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, and the late Mrs. Hobbs created this endowed fund in honor of the couple’s years of Christian service. Hobbs was pastor of First Baptist Church Oklahoma City from 1949-72. He died November 28, 1995, at the age of 89.