Pb edn 2002. US hb edn 2003; French edn 2004; Turkish edn 2010; Chinese edn 2013. Alexander, D.R. And White R.S. (2004) 'Beyond Belief - Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges' Oxford: Lion Publishing. A thesis statement provides the core idea or argument that you spend the pages of your paper unfolding. In Hemingways statement we are not told what has actually happened but it contains a direction, a central idea, that will be unfolded throughout the story.