Dr. Jack Mulder Jr.Professor of Philosophy, Department Chair
Jack Mulder ’00 joined the Hope College faculty in 2004. Jack currently chairs the
Department of Philosophy at Hope, co-directs the Initium program for new Hope faculty
and serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Ministry Studies. He is also the
assistant director of the Saint Benedict Institute, a Catholic organization serving
Jack writes and teaches in the areas of philosophy of religion, Catholic thought, applied ethics and the thought of Søren Kierkegaard. His new book, Civil Dialogue on Abortion (co-authored with Bertha Alvarez Manninen), was published by Routledge in March 2018. His book What Does It Mean to Be Catholic? (Eerdmans) was published in 2015. Many of his publications and presentations have been made possible by collaborative research with Hope students.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Jack specializes in the philosophy of religion, especially issues of Protestant-Catholic dialogue, interfaith dialogue and the thought of Søren Kierkegaard. He also has scholarly interests in sexual and reproductive ethics (especially the abortion debate) and the philosophy of race.
- Ph.D., philosophy, 2004, Purdue University
- MA, philosophy, 2003, Purdue University
- BA, religion and philosophy, 2000, Hope College
- Civil Dialogue on Abortion (with Bertha Alvarez Manninen), Routledge, 2018
- What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?, Eerdmans, 2015
- Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition, Indiana University Press, 2010
Select Articles and Book Chapters
- “Augustine and Kierkegaard on Martyrdom and ‘Polite Persecution,’” in Augustine and Kierkegaard, ed. Kim Paffenroth and John Doody, Rowman and Littlefield, 2017
- “Grace and Rigor in Kierkegaard’s Reception of the Church Fathers,” in A Companion to Kierkegaard, Blackwell, 2015
- “A Short Argument against Abortion Rights,” Think: Philosophy for Everyone, 2013
- “Why More Christians Should Believe in Mary’s Immaculate Conception,” Christian Scholar’s Review, 2012
- “On Being Afraid of Hell: Kierkegaard and Catholicism on Imperfect Contrition,” in Kierkegaard Studies: Yearbook 2007, de Gruyter, 2007
- “Must All Be Saved? A Kierkegaardian Response to Theological Universalism,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2006
Outside the College
Jack is a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland, where he teaches occasionally in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program for new Catholics. He is married to Melissa Mulder (Spanish) and has two kids, Maria and Lucas. He enjoys punk rock, kids’ sports and going to the beach with his family.