On January 28, 2016, the Saint Benedict Forum hosted a Catholic-Reformed Dialogue about Jack Mulder’s new book, What Does It Mean to Be Catholic? (Eerdmans, 2015). Dr. Mulder’s book is the meditation of a Hope College professor and convert to Catholicism from the Reformed tradition. It was written as an effort to practice robust ecumenism, the idea that different Christian groups should share the distinctive gifts of their own tradition as they walk together toward full Christian unity.
Two Reformed scholars offered generous, yet critical responses to Dr. Mulder’s book. Han-luen Kantzer Komline, Assistant Professor of Church History and Theology at Western Theological Seminary, took up the question of the relationship between Scripture and Tradition. Lynn Japinga, Associate Professor of Religion at Hope College, challenged Mulder on Mary, development of doctrine, women’s ordination, and contraception. Dr. Mulder responded to each presenter.
This event was co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Religion Departments, Campus Ministries, Center for Ministry Studies, Lilly Group on Robust Ecumenism, the Office of the Provost, and the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.