Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 29, 2004

Distinguished Whitworth Alumnus, Philosophy Professor to Present Lecture
on "Faith and the Human Condition"

Stephen T. Davis, M.Div., Ph.D., a distinguished Whitworth alumnus and the Russell K. Pitzer professor of philosophy at California's Claremont McKenna College, will present a lecture, "Faith and the Human Condition," as part of Whitworth's annual Heritage Week celebration. Davis' lecture will take place Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275.

In his lecture, Davis will discuss the human condition apart from God and faith, and will use as his main illustration the state of contemporary secular academia in the United States. He will also discuss his view of trends in higher education such as secularism, multiculturalism, postmodernism and relativism.

During the lecture Davis will present hope as a crucial aspect of faith and will discuss its role in Christian consciousness and experience.

"We were created to be persons of faith, and thus hope," Davis says. "The person of hope is a human being in the truest and fullest sense."

Davis is the author or editor of 13 books, including God, Reason and Theistic Proofs (University of Edinburgh Press, 1997) and Risen Indeed: Making Sense of the Resurrection (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1993). Davis is also the author of numerous articles and reviews that have been published in philosophical and theological journals.

A 1962 Whitworth graduate, Davis holds a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a doctorate in philosophy from Claremont Graduate University. He is the recipient of the 2001 Claremont McKenna College Presidential Award for Merit.

Davis' lecture is sponsored by the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning at Whitworth, and is one of many events taking place during Whitworth's annual Heritage Week celebration, Feb. 3-14. Heritage Week honors the college's founding in 1890 and celebrates its rich history of exploring important issues from diverse Christian and intellectual perspectives.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, a panel including Presbyterian, Catholic, Lutheran and Baptist Whitworth faculty will share their beliefs about how faith traditions address the issue of human identity. This panel discussion, "Faith Traditions and Human Identity," will take place at 8:30 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth. The event is free and open to the community. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275.

A complete list of Heritage Week events is available on the Whitworth website at www.whitworth.edu/alumni/heritageweek.htm.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Tad Wisenor, director of alumni & parent relations, (509) 777-4401 or twisenor@whitworth.edu.

Dale Soden, professor of history and director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning, (509) 777-4433 or dsoden@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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