Cardinal Newman's Rhetoric in the "Apologia"
On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at 6 p.m. in the McNulty Hall Helen Lerner
Amphitheatre (Science and Technology Building, Room 101) Dr. Cyril O’Regan,
University of Notre Dame, will lecture on Cardinal Newman’s Rhetoric in the
Apologia. This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies.
Dr. Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.
In 1865, John Henry Newman was publicly accused by the writer Charles
Kingsley of dishonesty in his account of his conversion to the Catholic faith in
1845. Newman brought his case, and the integrity of his personal decision, to
the English pubic in a series of newspaper articles which eventually became his
Apologia pro vita sua. In this lecture, Dr. Cyril O’Regan will examine Newman’s
rhetoric in the Apologia, highlighting why this work has become for so many
people a classic of the English language. As Walter Houghton wrote,
“The special distinction of the Apologia is that it does make its ways, as
any prophetic book must in the modern world, on its own and literarily; it
creates its own authority and authenticity; while it constitutes our whole
experience for a time, its inherent thrust is to transform us in some more
permanent way. In this sense, the book’s literary power, as the subtle
revelation of the religious progress of a highly gifted human being, makes the
Apologia, as it touches the deepest springs of the religious impulse in the
human person, an ever renewable force in the contemporary world, in ways in
which most of even the highest modern art does not.”
Dr. Cyril O’Regan is the Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of
Notre Dame. O’Regan has specific interests in the intersection of continental
philosophy and theology, religion and literature, mystical theology, and
postmodern thought. He has published four books: The Heterodox Hegel, Gnostic
Return in Modernity, Gnostic Apocalypse: Jacob Boehme’s Haunted Narrative and
Theology and the Spaces of Apocalyptic. Two volumes are forthcoming on the
theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar.
All are welcome to attend.
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