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Christian Philosopher and Alum Stephen T. Davis to speak at Whitworth Feb. 15

February 3, 2017
Whitworth University welcomes Stephen T. Davis, Ph.D., '62, a nationally respected Christian philosopher and the Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, to campus for a lecture, “Nobody Has the Right to Tell Me What to Believe or Do: The Illusion of Human Autonomy.” Davis will explore the meaning of personal autonomy in the context of philosophy and religion, and the struggle many Christians have between real autonomy and excessive autonomy. The lecture will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-4452.

Davis specializes in the philosophy of religion and Christian thought, and is the author of many Christian philosophy books, including most recently, Rational Faith: A Philosopher's Defense of Christianity (2016), which makes the case for God's existence as the basis of morality and reason. His other titles include Disputed Issues: Contending for Christian Faith in Today's Academic Setting (2009), Christian Philosophical Theology (2006), and Encountering Evil (2001). He has also written over seventy academic articles and reviews. He holds an honorary doctorate from Whitworth. In 2015, he was honored with the festschrift Christian Philosophy of Religion: Essays in Honor of Stephen T. Davis.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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