Oklahomans who want to get their hands on a treasure trove of Christian literature and history will have to start at least a decade earlier than they might otherwise.
Oklahoma Christian University, the university’s flagship campus, opened in October and is set to be the largest private Christian university in the country by the end of the decade.
Its staff will also have a new focus on teaching students about the Bible.
“It’s not just an area of study, it’s an area where we have to be more involved,” said Sarah Miller, an associate professor of English who is heading the universitys literary department.
“We’ve got to bring a whole new level of understanding of literature to our curriculum.”‘
I want to see Christ’Oklahoma University has announced a major expansion in its new Christian bookstore, christy books.
The university’s new Christian bookshop, christys books, will be the country’s largest private university, and will boast an estimated 150,000 books on shelves.
The new books will be available in its library, on display in a new auditorium, and at its Christi bookstores.
The books, which will include more than 200 titles, are intended to encourage students to learn more about Christianity through reading, said Miller.
“I want them to feel that I want to be part of this,” she said.
“They’re really important to me.”
The university says the move is the latest in a series of changes it is making to its education and culture program.
“In the next few years, we’re going to have to rethink our whole approach to Christian education,” said Robert Dittmer, a spokesman for the university.
“The books that we’re offering are all available through the university.”
Miller is hoping that the books will spark interest among students who are not yet familiar with the bible and its stories.
“My hope is that students are not completely ignorant about what the bible is, what it means, what we’re talking about, and what it does to us,” she told Al Jazeera.
“This is not going to be just a book that you grab from the shelf.”
Oklahoma’s christy bookstores already boast shelves of popular and obscure Christian books.
In Oklahoma, the books range from the classic Christian classics like the Bible, The Bible and The Ten Commandments to the less popular books such as The Bible, which focuses on the early Christian era.
The campus bookstore, located in downtown Tulsa, will open its doors on Wednesday.
Miller is optimistic that the new books and the school’s new focus will help boost sales.
“There are a lot of people who have never had the opportunity to read a Christian book and have a chance to go and read a story that they’re interested in, that’s exciting,” she added.
“So this is the next step, to really make the university feel like the place to be to learn about Christianity.”
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