Hinlicky receives fellowship to study 20th century theologian and philosopher

Salem - A professor of philosophy and religion at Roanoke College plans to uncover the details of the life of a 20th century theologian and philosopher, with help from a prestigious research fellowship.

Starting this summer through next year, Dr. Paul Hinlicky, who is Roanoke's Tise Professor in Lutheran Studies, will research Slovak philosopher, Samuel Stefan Osusky.

Hinlicky's research is funded by the Virginia Foundation for Independent College's Maurice L. Mednick Fellowship. The foundation raises more than $142 million annually from corporations and foundations interested in aiding higher education to support undergraduate programs, faculty and students. Roanoke nominates one professor annually for this fellowship, which is named for a Norfolk industrialist.

Hinlicky, who is fluent in Slovak, came to Roanoke in 1999. He was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1978, and he was a visiting professor of systematic theology of the Protestant Theological Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, from 1993 to 1999.

He is author of "Paths Not Taken," "Luther and the Beloved Community," "Divine Complexity," and co-author with Roanoke professor Brent Adkins of "Rethinking Philosophy and Theology with Deleuze."

Hinlicky holds a bachelor's degree from Concordia College, a master's degree in divinity from Christ Seminary-Seminex and a doctorate in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary.

Osusky, Hinlicky's research subject, played a vital role in Slovakia in times of hardship. He was a victim of Adolf Hitler, because he denounced the deportation of Slovak Jews to Auschwitz.

His first, groundbreaking book in the philosophical discipline was the first "History of Philosophy in Slovakia."

Hinlicky intends to shed light on the importance of Osusky's contributions to society. Due to the small amount of English accounts conveying the vitality of Osusky, Hinlicky plans to write a peer-reviewed article detailing the philosopher's life. Hinlicky will travel to Slovakia in December to interview and collect materials, and he will translate the writings and create his own account.

He plans to send his work to the journal, "Lutheran Quarterly," for peer review. Hinlicky's primary goal is to uncover the civic and religious leadership that Osusky exemplified during the 1930s to 1950s before he was purged by the Stalinists and spent the remainder of his life in internal exile.
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Released: June 4, 2013
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