Deification Day of Study

On Saturday, March 7th, the Saint Benedict Forum, Western Theological Seminary, and Hope College hosted a Day of Study on the theme, “Fundamental Issues in the Western Understanding of Deification.”

The overall goal of the Day of Study is to provide a leisurely opportunity for scholars in the region to explore together questions of theological and cultural import.

There were four informal papers:

  • Carl Mosser (Notre Dame) – “How Deification was Mislabeled as ‘Eastern’: Ritschl, Harnack, and the Russian Diaspora”
  • Jared Ortiz (Hope College) – “Deification in the Early Latin Liturgy”
  • Daniel Keating (Sacred Heart Seminary) – “Typologies of Deification
  • Kirsten Laurel Guidero (Marquette University) – “A Pneumatic Deification? Resources and Trajectories from the Traditions on Theosis.”

Pictured from right to left: Jared Ortiz (Hope College), Daniel Keating (Sacred Heart Seminary), Kirsten Laurel Guidero (Marquette University), and Carl Mosser (Notre Dame)

A dozen interlocutors from the region were invited to engage each paper in an extended period of discussion.  The discussions were thoroughly enjoyable and spilled over into the breaks and lunch and after the event.


Front Row: Todd Billings (Western Theological Seminary), Kirsten Laurel Guidero (Marquette University), Han-luen Kantzer-Komline (Western Theological Seminary) Back Row: Jared Ortiz (Hope College), Kristen Johnson (Western Theological Seminary), Keith Starkenberg (Trinity Christian College), Daniel Keating (Sacred Heart Seminary), Matt Daniel (Sacred Heart Seminary), Carl Mosser (Notre Dame), Fr. Gregory Hogg (Grand Valley State University), Natalie Jordan (Mundelein Seminary), Mark McInroy (University of St. Thomas), Dennis Marshall (Aquinas College), David Stubbs (Western Theological Seminary). Not pictured: Jack Mulder (Hope College), Chris Kaiser (Western Theological Seminary), Arie Griffioen (Calvin College)

Here are a few more pictures from this delightful day:


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