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OSU debates God and the paths to find Him

October 15, 2010

Are There Many Paths to God?
By Oregon State University Socratic Club

‘Are There Many Paths to God?’  will feature Todd Miles, Associate Professor of Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, and Frodo Okulam, Assistant Professor in the Women’s Studies Dept at Portland State University.  The debate is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 26, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU Campus.

Religious people today are divided into exclusivists, who argue for a single approach to God, and pluralists, who maintain that all paths to God are of equal value.  Does Jesus’ message offer an exclusive means to God? Or are there many different ways to find God?

Our speakers will offer divergent points of view.  Todd Miles will argue that Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God, which is the foundational belief of Christianity, provides a unique path to God.  Frodo Okulam will maintain that there are many ways to apprehend the divine, of which Christianity is only one.  

Todd Miles is Associate Professor of Theology and Hermeneutics at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he earned the M.Div. He also holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oregon State in nuclear engineering. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. His latest book, A God of Many Understandings? The Gospel and Theology of Religions, was published this year.

Frodo Okulam obtained her Doctorate in Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary/Marylhurst University, and an M.A. in Theology from Mount Angel Seminary.  Since 2000 she has been an Assistant Professor with the Women’s Studies Department at Portland State University. She is author of The Julian Mystique: Her Life and Teachings. Frodo has a broad spiritual background that embraces many traditions and centers on female divine imagery and women’s experience. She is the founder and coordinator of an eclectic women’s spirituality group called SisterSpirit.

7:00pm on Tuesday, October 26th at Gilfillan Auditorium

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