Ecclesial dimension of personal and social reform in the writings of Isaac Thomas Hecker

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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.

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings)
Preface; Introduction
1. The Early Years (1819-1842): Exposure to Religion, Political Involvement, Orestes Brownson
2. The Transcendentalist Years (1842-1844): Hecker and Brownson; New England Transcendentalism; The Object Found – Roman Catholicism
3. The Redemptorist Years (1844-1858): Transition; Congregation of The Most Holy Redeemer; Hecker’s Question of the Soul and Aspirations of Nature; Journey to Rome
4. The Early Paulist Years (1858-1875): The Missionary Priests of St. Paul the Apostle; Hecker’s Message; Vatican I and Renewed Vision
5. The Last Years (185-1888): The Apostolate of the Pen; The Last Words
6. Concluding Analysis: Overview of Hecker’s Theology of Reform; Unifying Threads of Hecker’s Thought; Critical Comments and the Contemporary Relevance
Bibliography; Index

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