Highlighted 2019 Books and Conference Leadership

Dr. Jared Ortiz

Associate Professor of Religion

Deification in the Latin Patristic Tradition

Catholic University of America Press

Dr. Jared Ortiz edited this volume of essays about the doctrine of deification in the early Christian centuries. Deification is a vision of salvation which claims that believers can become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4) through union with Christ. Ortiz retrieves this doctrine which was thought not to be present in the Latin-speaking church. The essays cover the great figures of the early church, including Ambrose, Augustine and Jerome.

Meet Dr. Ortiz at spera.hope.edu/ortiz-human

Dr. Daniel Woolsey

Professor of Spanish, Department Chair


Evia Learning

This innovative second-year Spanish text is based on cultural content that engages students in reading and discussion about cultures in which Spanish is spoken. Lead author Dr. Daniel Woolsey collaborated on the multi-media portfolio with Dr. Lee Forester (German) for Evia Learning, a company that publishes language learning materials that build students’ cultural competency along with communication skills, so they can connect meaningfully with speakers of another language for the rest of their lives.

Hear Dr. Woolsey describe Rostros’ cultural focus at evialearning.com/rostros-2

Dr. Angela Carpenter

Assistant Professor of Religion

Responsive Becoming: Moral Formation in Theological, Evolutionary, and Developmental Perspective

T&T Clark

In this examination of the doctrine of sanctification, Dr. Angela Carpenter draws on evolutionary anthropology, developmental psychology and Christian theology as she considers how moral formation takes shape. Can human moral goodness, she asks, be received as a gift of God’s grace? Learn more.

Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger

Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology

Earthkeeping and Character

Baker Academic

Building on his book For the Beauty of the Earth, Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger presents care for creation — earthkeeping — as an integral part of what it means to be a Christian. Exploring the virtues and character traits bound up in that task, he encourages readers to reconsider how they think about the natural world and their place in it.

Dr. Steven Hoogerwerf

Associate Professor of Religion

Honoring God with Body and Mind: Sexual Ethics for Christians


Informed by decades of conversations with students about sensitive topics about sex, Dr. Steven Hoogerwerf takes a conversational approach to examining questions on young Christians’ minds. He invites readers into a life-long process of Christian ethical reflection.

Dr. Rakesh Peter-Dass

Assistant Professor of Religion

Hindi Christian Literature in Contemporary India


From case studies, Dr. Rakesh Peter-Dass develops insights about links between language, religion and politics, and documents how literature of Hindi-speaking North India presents Christianity as linguistically Hindi, culturally Indian and theologically informed by other religions.

Jack Ridl

Professor Emeritus of English

Saint Peter and the Goldfinch

Wayne State University Press

Imaginative, intimate meditations on everyday life, love and aging by retired Hope English professor Jack Ridl, a prolific poet. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins says the book “delights and surprises us poem by poem.”

David James

Adjunct Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of Academic Coaching

Surreal Expulsion

The Poetry Box

In the wake of yet another mass school shooting, David James penned this chapbook of poems that respond to violence, injustice and what James calls “political negligence” worldwide.

Second Global Congress on Sport and Christianity

October 2019 at Calvin University

Yale theologian Dr. Miroslav Volf, Hope historian Dr. Fred Johnson, Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne and pro athlete Tim Tebow were among the keynote speakers at this conference co-sponsored by Hope College and Calvin University. Hope’s Dr. Chad Carlson (kinesiology) and Calvin’s Dean of Education (and professor of kinesiology) Dr. Brian Bolt were the co-directors. Over five days, 240 participants from 20 nations explored the mutual impact of belief and sport, and sport’s impact on faith and culture.

Listen at spera.hope.edu/carlson-bolt-podcast to Carlson and Bolt’s podcast Dig Deep: Sport, Faith, Life

Uniting Mind and Body: Cognition, Embodiment and Liturgy

Society of Christian Philosophers Central Regional Conference September 2019 at Hope College

Hope philosophy faculty organized this forum for presentations by scholars affiliated with 29 colleges and universities. Speakers explored the relationship between mind and body, the ways we experience embodiment, cognitive science, and wide-ranging related topics including time loops, brain death and skeptical theism. Hope faculty members Dr. Joseph LaPorte, Dr. Greg Bassett, Dr. Jack Mulder, Dr. Kate Finley, Dr. Kevin Kambo and professor and dean Dr. Sandra Visser chaired six of the conference sessions.

Peruse the speakers’ abstracts at spera.hope.edu/philosophy-abstracts