Prof. Russell Hittinger
Can You be the Imago Dei on Your Own?
Modern Thomism on the Social Character of Human Existence
On January 26, 2012, Professor Russell Hittinger gave a lecture sponsored by the Thomistic Institute titled, "Can You be the Imago Dei on Your Own? Modern Thomism on the Social Character of Human Existence." Dr. Hittinger spoke on the social implications of St. Thomas' theory of Deification in grace, focusing on the two-fold division of charity, arguing that perfection in the Divine image necessarily connects us to both God and neighbor. Dr. Hittenger explained the social and cultural ramifications of this teaching.
Dr. F. Russell Hittinger is the Warren Professor of Catholic Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tulsa, where his research is focused on the intersection of philosophy, law, and theology. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Notre Dame and St. Louis University. Dr. Hittinger has the unique distinction of being one of only two people in the world appointed to multiple Pontifical Academies: the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
A prolific scholar, Dr. Hittinger is the author of numerous books and articles including: The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World and A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory. His newest book, Paper Wars: Catholic Social Doctrine and the Modern State (forthcoming from Yale University Press) examines the development of Catholic social theory and doctrine during the 19th and 20th centuries.
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