The Catholic University of America

Reinhard Huetter, Dr.theol. habil
– Ordinary Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology 


Reinhard Huetter is a native of Lichtenfels, Germany. He studied theology, philosophy, and German literature and philology at the University of Erlangen, the University of Bonn, and Duke University. He received his MDiv equiv. (best of the class) from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria in 1986, his Dr. theol. (summa cum laude) in 1990, and his Habilitation in 1995, both from the University of Erlangen. He taught for nine years theological ethics and systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and for seventeen years systematic theology at Duke University Divinity School. In 2004, he and his wife entered into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
Huetter was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Religion of the University of Chicago, a Visiting Fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Jena, Germany. He held the the Robert J. Randall Distinguished Chair in Christian Culture, Providence College, Providence, RI, and the Chester and Margaret Paluch Chair of Theology, University of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary. He is Distinguished Fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a member of the American Theological Society, was a founding member and served as president of the Academy of Catholic Theology, is an Ordinary Academician of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas and a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology of The Catholic University of America.

His teaching and research focuses on fundamental theological questions of the relationship between faith and reason, nature and grace, revelation and faith, theology and philosophy, dogma and history, on questions of theological anthropology (grace and freedom), and the theology and epistemology of faith. He has an abiding interest in the thought of Thomas Aquinas and has, in more recent years, developed also an intense interest in the thought of John Henry Newman.

Huetter is the author of numerous books, most recently Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2012) and Divine Happiness: Aquinas on the Journey to Beatitude, the Ultimate Human End (forthcoming 2018), has contributed numerous chapters to handbooks and edited collections, and has published many scholarly articles in theological journals the United States, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and Chile. He has served as editor of Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology and as co-editor of Nova et Vetera: The English Edition of the International Theological Journal. He is presently working on a theological commentary on Psalm 119, a small book on John Henry Newman, and a theological treatise on Doctrine: Its Nature and Development.

He is married to Nancy Heitzenrater Huetter; they have four children and five grandchildren.

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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-5668
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Fundemental Theology

  • Dogmatic Theology

Latest Publications

  •  Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2012)
  • Divine Happiness: Aquinas on the Journey to Beatitude, the Ultimate Human End (forthcoming 2018)




TRS 377: John Henry Newman
TRS 870A: Development of Doctrine
TRS 996B: Doctoral Dissertation Research



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