Leaving the faith?

Thomas to address The Nature of Christian Belief for Distinguished Faculty Lecture

On Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Walla Walla University will live stream their annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Dave Thomas, WWU professor of practical theology and apologetics, will share in his lecture, “The Nature of Christian Belief,” what constitutes Christian faith and what makes believing in the Christian way both viable and credible. 

Thomas will discuss the growing demographic of those who claim no connection to religion. The largest group within that demographic is young people that have come to believe they can live well without religion. The reasons behind many people abandoning the Christian faith will be discussed as well. 

Thomas credits this trend toward disbelief to many different factors, some of which arise from the prominent ideas about belief systems and the evidence necessary to create and sustain belief. Thomas will discuss these ideas and how they link to certain foundational assumptions that underlie the thought-systems that operate today, a subject area that has become known as macro hermeneutics. 

The lecture is free and open to the public online at wallawalla.edu/DFL.

Posted Oct. 28, 2020

Dave Thomas speaking in the university church
Dave Thomas has been a member of the faculty at WWU since the summer of 2001 and served as Dean of the School of Theology from 2001-2018.