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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Oral Roberts Prayer Tower

Last November when I visited Tulsa Oklahoma's Oral Robert's University, I didn't have much idea of who Oral Roberts was. 

My research now shows, he was controversial religious figure and one of the first televangelists.  He was a faith healer and his son later claimed that his father could bring people back from the dead.  He was know for his controversial tactics in collecting money, going as far as telling people that God would literally kill him if he didn't reach his fundraising goals.  Oh yeah, and he also had his own personal University which is still operational to this day.

Now, no mater what your religious beliefs are, there is one fact that cannot be denied:  Oral Robert University is amazing.  I have no idea what kinda stuff they teach here, but check this out.

The architecture is stunning, grandiose and like nothing I have ever seen.

Check out this Jesus statue....

The center piece of the university, sticking out like Cinderella Castle, is the magnificent Prayer Tower.

The prayer tower is modeled after Jesus's crown of thorns and has burning flame on the top.

It has an observation deck, but silly old me showed up on one of the rare occasions that it was closed.

As amazing as the Prayer Tower is, THAT'S NOT ALL......Wait until you get a load of this.....

The world's largest praying hands!  And check out those tine normal sized people underneath. 

Seriously, this place is amazing.

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    1. I agree! Its truly stunning, if you are ever in Oklahoma its worth a detour

  2. Oh man, I just added this to my list of places to see. Amazing.

  3. Oddly, this reminds me of Life University in Marietta GA. Except the focus is on chiropractic instead of Jesus. It has toned itself down considerably, but the man who built it had a rather massive ego.

    1. I've not been there, but I have heard about it....They have a pair of weird giant chircopractic hands, right?

  4. Hi Jacob. Recently subscribed to the YouTube channel (I don't remember what brought me there). A little about ORU (I did not attend school there, I am an Oklahoma native and can't really avoid hearing about it). Oral Roberts founded the university in the 1960s, although it's a sectarian school it seems to have a run of the mill liberal arts curriculum. Upon Oral's death his son Richard, I believe, came to be its president, but a scandal about misappropriation of funds brought him down. I don't know who runs the school today. Here is an extensive article about that:
    Most prominent alum I can think of off the top of my head is former Minnesota Rep. and failed 2012 GOP POTUS candidate Michele Bachmann. Athletically, ORU competes in the Summit League (no football, but historically a competitive basketball team capable of being a spoiler, and once upset the Kansas Jayhawks in their own gym). There you have what I know ... keep up the good work.

  5. In the 90s, a relative of mine worked there even though she thought Oral Roberts was a nut. Apparently, all of those millions of dollars raised so that he would not die went in to making the tower and hands.