Last updated on: 4/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul S. Vickery, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of History at Oral Roberts University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“America is a nation built upon Judaeo-Christian beliefs. These values emphasize the dignity and worth of every person, created in the image and likeness of God, and form the basis for our Constitution and legal code. Those who founded this nation through their writings and public service were certainly Theists who believed in the authority and significance of the Scriptures. They may have debated the textual interpretation but not the inspiration of the Scripture. It was acceptable for them to use the Bible to footnote their beliefs. Unfortunately this is no longer an option in the modern debate over issues. We rely more on feelings or the desire to justify our own wants and desires…”

‘Is the US a Christian Nation,’ debate on OpposingViews.com debate (accessed Apr. 28, 2009)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Pastor, Haskell United Methodist Church, 1994-Present
  • Pastor, Porter United Methodist Church, 1994-Present
  • Professor of History, Oral Roberts University, 1991-Present
  • Lecturer, 7th Annual International Congress Mediterranean Studies Association, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), 2004
Education:
  • PhD, History, Oklahoma State University, 1996
  • MDiv, Divinity, Oral Roberts University, 1989
  • MA, International Relations, Florida State University, 1970
  • BA, Florida State University, 1969
Other:
  • An amateur thespian, acting as historical figures in local productions
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States a Christian Nation?