OBU will host its next Philosophy Forum with a faculty panel discussion on “Saints and Sojourners: Christian Responses to Immigration.” The event will take place Friday, Oct. 12, in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center. The forum will begin at 4 p.m. and conclude at 5:15 p.m.
The panel will be moderated by Dr. Randy Ridenour, associate professor of philosophy. Panel members will include Dr. Kevin Hall, professor of biblical and theological studies and Hollums Chair of Bible; Dr. Rich Rudebock, Cargill Chair and professor of business; and Dr. Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of criminal justice.
The next forum will take place Nov. 9 and will feature Dr. Tawa Anderson, associate professor of philosophy and director of the honors program. His lecture will be titled, “Pascalian Prudence, Virtue, and the Necessity of A-Apatheism.” Apatheism is apathy (laziness or unconcern) about theism (the existence, nature, and expectations of God), and characterizes an increasing segment of post-Christian Western society. Anderson will discuss the issue and present a responsive paper from Dr. Randal Rauser, professor of theology and culture at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta. The forum will take place in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center from 4-5:15 pm.
To wrap up the fall Philosophy Forums, a mock debate on the question, “Does God Exist?” will be held Friday, Dec. 7. The debate will feature Anderson in the negative and senior biblical languages major Jonathan Knox in the affirmative. The debate will take place in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center from 4-5:15 pm.
To kick off the 2019 portion of the Philosophy Forum series, OBU will host Dr. Gary Habermas in January. Habermas is a research professor of philosophy at Liberty University and one of the world’s leading scholars on the resurrection of Jesus. He will be on campus for the Christian Worldview plenary lectures and will present five lectures that are open to the public. These lectures will take place Monday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 7 p.m., as well as Tuesday, Jan. 15, at both 9 and 11 a.m.