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​2013 Randall Conference to Address Virtue of Religion

Five scholars will discuss The Virtue of Religion at this year’s Rev. Robert J. Randall Conference on Christian Culture, which will be held on April 19-20 at Providence College.

The conference, which will be held in Aquinas Hall Lounge, is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, with assistance from the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies and the Liberal Arts Honors Program. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Reinhard Huetter, a professor of Christian theology at Duke Divinity School and the College’s ninth Rev. Robert J. Randall Professor in Christian Culture, will deliver the keynote address, titled Happiness and the Virtue of Religion, Then and Now: Ruminations on Thomas Aquinas, at 7:00 p.m. Friday.

The professorship is the College’s first endowed chair. It was established in 2002 in honor of Rev. Robert J. Randall, a PC professor for more than 25 years. The chair exemplifies his commitment to educational excellence and teaching in the Department of English, the Development of Western Civilization Program, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

Other scholars presenting at the conference will speak on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are:

• Russell Hittinger, the William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa and the 2007-2008 Randall professor, who will present Sacrifice: Social and Sacramental: The Witness of Louis Billot, S.J.;

• Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P., professor of systematic theology at St. John’s Seminary School of Theology in Massachusetts, who will discuss Religious Liberty and the Virtue of Religion: Another Look at Dignitatis Humanae;

• Bruce D. Marshall, Lehman professor of Christian doctrine and graduate program director in religious studies at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, who will present The Religion of Mary and Jesus; and

• Rev. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., assistant professor of systematic theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., who will present Religion Unnatural, Secularism Unnatural, or the Natural Religion of Christ? Nature, Grace and the Virtues of Religion.

Huetter “has invited an impressive group of scholars to campus for this year’s Randall Conference, and he has framed a rich theological discussion of the virtue of religion,” said Dr. Suzanne J. Fournier, associate professor of English and chairwoman of the Randall Distinguished Chair Committee. “The annual Randall Conference remains an important event in the life of the College, for it exhibits the highest intellectual and scholarly goals of the Randall Chair itself.”

For a full schedule of talks, go to the Randall Conference Web page.

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