About the author: Larry Hostetter is a priest of the Diocese of Owensboro, in Western Kentucky. He received his MDiv and MA in theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his STL and STD at the Alphonsian Academy of the Pontifical Lateran University. Currently, Father Hostetter is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky.2001 0-7734-7332-7
This study explores the nature of the dependence of Christian ethics on religious faith from the perspective of Isaac Hecker. In Hecker’s writings there is a clear connection between personal and social ethics and the mission of the Church. Hecker’s insights shed further light on the contemporary question of the Church’s relationship to the reform of the individual and society. His works are studied within the narrative context of his life, and the study also includes the wider picture of Hecker’s place in the 19th century.