OBU kicks off the fall semester of its 2019-20 Philosophy Forum series beginning Friday, Aug. 30. The first event features Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena Strickland Associate Professor of New Testament, and Dr. Tawa Anderson, associate professor of philosophy. The faculty dialogue titled “Should a Christian Embrace Calvinism?” will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. Bandy will assume the “yea” position, while Anderson will argue the “nay.” All fall Philosophy Forum events will be held in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center on the OBU campus in Shawnee.

The second philosophy forum will take place Friday, Sept. 13, from 4-5:15 p.m. This forum will center on “Evolution and Theism” and will feature a panel discussion hosted by Mars Hill Forum, the student apologetics club.

Dr. Matthew Arbo, assistant professor of biblical and theological studies, will present a faculty lecture entitled, “Walking through Infertility,” drawn from his recent book by the same title. The lecture will take place Friday, Oct. 11, from 4-5:15 p.m.

The fourth philosophy forum will take place Nov. 15 from 4-5:15 p.m. OBU alumnus Dr. Russell “Rusty” Jones, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, will present a guest lecture. The topic and title are to be announced.

The final philosophy forum of the fall will be held Friday, Dec. 6, from 4-5:30 p.m. The mock debate will center on the topic “Does God Exist?” and will feature Anderson (nay) and Leslie “Paige” Lehrmann, a senior math and apologetics double major (yea).

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With its campus located in Shawnee, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 88 fields of study and five master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 2.011, with students from 37 states and 40 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 27 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years. OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 15 consecutive years.