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Cardinal Newman's Rhetoric in the "Apologia"
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        Dr. Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.        
Cyril O'Regan
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.

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.

For more information please contact:
Danute Nourse
(973) 275-2525


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