We believe there are key freedoms that are foundational for OKWU to uphold its core mission. With our focus on four Freedom Pillars—Religious Freedom, Academic Freedom, Economic Freedom, and Individual Freedom—Oklahoma Wesleyan University will work to educate, promote and defend each of these freedoms that made our country the greatest nation in human history. We are committed to being an outstanding academic institution that unapologetically defends these time-tested, essential principles of the Founders.
By teaching and advocating the Pillars for Freedom, OKWU is putting our beliefs into action. Our vision for Christian higher education is to educate students to become moral and religious women and men who glorify Christ and respect the freedom and dignity of all our fellow citizens.
Religious freedom is the right to follow the faith of your choice—or no faith at all. Religious liberty is a cornerstone of our nation and is the very first freedom guaranteed to Americans by the Bill of Rights. Yet on many college campuses, the right to associate on the basis of religious belief and even the right to express those beliefs is under attack. MORE
Academic freedom is the conviction that the freedom of inquiry by faculty members is essential to the mission of the academy, as well as, the principles of academia, and that scholars should have freedom to teach or communicate ideas or facts in search of truth, without being targeted for repression, job loss, or imprisonment. MORE
Economic freedom has been defined as “the right of individuals to pursue their interests through voluntary exchange of private property under rule of law”—an idea rooted in the fundamental laws and principles laid out in scripture…“For Christians, economic freedom…is a means to the end of bringing about shalom…” MORE
Antithetical to a culture that says the true liberty is freedom from external values, personal freedom defined in scripture tells us Christ provides freedom from the bondage to sin, the Law, death, and lies about reality. This freedom that begins at our core inevitably expands, leading to freedom in all areas of life. MORE
…that the free exercise of religion and the rights of individual liberty and economic freedom should not be taken for granted nor infringed upon by any government or institution.
…that liberal arts academy should be free from intolerance and restriction of the free and respectful expression of ideas.
…that, as John Adams said, our form of government—rooted in God’s natural law and individual freedom—“was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
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