Ten Commandments Sculpture Dedicated at SNU

BETHANY, OK (November 10, 2011) – In the midst of this weekend’s Homecoming festivities, a special dedication of the new Ten Commandments sculpture on Southern Nazarene University’s campus will take place on Veterans Day this Friday, November 11.

Mr. Scott Stearman, the sculptor of the 10 Commandments monument, is a noted artist and alumnus of Southern Nazarene University. This new monument will be Stearman’s seventh sculpture to contribute to SNU’s campus.

Through the funding Bethany Historical Society and Dr. C. Wayne and Kay Rice, Southern Nazarene University will make a home for the new monument in front of the R.T. Williams Library along College Street as a tribute to the Christian ideals this country was built upon. Standing 5 ½ feet tall, the monument features an approximately 4-foot-tall base beneath the focal point of a two large stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are etched.

Engraved on the four faces of the cubic base are tributes to founding fathers of America, including Benjamin Franklin, William O. Douglas, John Adams, John Quincy Adams and George Washington. These tributes include both an engraved portrait of and quotation from the founding father. A piece of scripture from 2 Chronicles 7:14 is also etched along bottom of the base and wraps around the entire foundation.

As the words of our founding fathers sit upon a scriptural foundation and lie beneath the weight of authority within the Ten Commandments, this new monument stands as an important symbol of this country’s Christian foundation and the significant national underpinning of biblical truths.

For more information about the 10 Commandments Monument, contact Mr. J. Michael Crabtree, Asst. Vice President of University Advancement, at 405-491-6313 or mcrabtre@snu.edu

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