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Christian Worldview Essay Contest
Awards of $1000 and $500

Dear Classes of 2013 and 2014,

We are pleased to announce the eighth annual Christian Worldview Essay Contest, held in honor of László Tokés. By entering this contest, you have the chance to win an award of $1000. The runner-up will receive an award of $500.

If you are currently a junior or senior, you are invited to submit an essay that engages with a topic or issue that is of interest to you from the perspective of your Christian faith. You may engage a contemporary issue or an historical event or development with contemporary relevance. Examples of issues include: poverty, race relations, healthcare, consumerism, education, HIV/AIDS, and marriage.

Details about the essay:

Your essay should reflect research about the issue itself AND the application of a biblical Christian worldview to the issue. The essay may be an adaptation of a paper that you’ve already written, so long as you engage the subject in your essay from an explicitly Christian perspective. It needs to be 6-10 pages in length, double-spaced, in length (12 pt. font).

If you would like to apply, please submit an entry form and essay by 9am on Monday, February 25, 2013. For essay formatting details, entry form submission, and to submit your essay, visit http://www.hope.edu/crossroads/CWVInfo.htm .

To be eligible to apply, you must not have previously won the award and you must be planning to graduate between May 2013 and December 2014.

This contest was made possible by the vision and donation of a Hope alumna. It is held in honor of László Tokés, a pastor in the Hungarian Reformed Church whose consistent faithfulness to his Christian convictions and calling sparked a revolution that led to the downfall of the Communist Regime in Romania in 1989. It is being facilitated by the CrossRoads Project.

" The Bible says that when you become a Christian your mind is renewed, and so with that renewing of your mind comes a new view of the world in which you live." ~ Laszlo Tokes

*Please be aware that monetary scholarships must be reported to the Hope College Office of Financial Aid and may have an impact on a student's financial aid package.

Grace and peace,
Kristen Deede Johnson


Dr. Dell'Olio received an email from a former student and thought he'd share it with you.

Dear Dr. Dell’Olio,

It’s been a few years since I sat in your classroom, but I wanted to write and say thanks. Thanks to you, and to all my Hope philosophy professors. I studied at Hope from ’93-’97 and majored in philosophy. I came to Hope as a pre-med student with the intention of going to medical school. I figured I’d get all the physiology I’d need in med school, so I took the opportunity as an undergraduate to study philosophy, which as well all know is the best field of study. I went on to med school at Wayne State and am now a practicing physician in Fremont, MI, about an hour north of Grand Rapids. I am a busy family physician, with a full practice, a beautiful wife, and three wonderful children. Life is good, and studying philosophy has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. It informs not only my worldview, but my daily thoughts. It serves me daily during patient interactions. My only regret is that I didn’t have enough time to pursue graduate philosophy studies and med school together. I suppose there are only so many hours in the day, and so little time on God’s green earth.

If you have any pre-med students who need a nudge to major in philosophy, let me know. I’ll give them the hard sell. It will serve them well. I know it has done wonders for me. Thanks.

Steve Welsh, Hope ‘97


Interesting Philosophy Websites, Engines and Portals

Noesis: Philosophy Research Online -

Searches the web for philosophy materials, attempting to limit to work by philosophy scholars.

PhilPapers - http://philpapers.org/

This "comprehensive directory of online academic philosophy" is one of my personal favorite finds. It pulls together current and archived philosophy available electronically, and also links to library subscription content, in addition to academic website and blogs.

NYPL Best of the Web

An example of a portal, or collection of links to topical websites. Unfortunately you have to scroll down the alphabetical list to get to Philosophy here.

Perseus Project - http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/

This is an example of a digital library project. Among many other texts, it contains a number of texts of the Classical philosophers, both in English and Greek, along with translation tools.

Online Library of Liberty - http://oll.libertyfund.org/

Another general full text digital library project that contains some philosophical texts, naturally related to the concept of liberty.