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Newman Lecture to Explore Developments in Religious Teaching

The National Institute for Newman Studies, in affiliation with Duquesne University, will host the first Newman Memorial Lecture, Newman on the Development of Doctrine: The Myth of the Rational Assessment of Christianity, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

Distinguished theologian Dr. Cyril O'Regan will explore Blessed John Henry Newman's classic work, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, to help attendees understand the historical importance of Newman's argument within.

In Newman's time, any development of religious teaching was considered a corruption. O'Regan finds that Newman's great achievement was to expose this assumption as an uncritical prejudice and to make a theological case for development as the natural course of doctrine in a healthy, living church. O'Regan's will explore how this philosophy fares in current Catholic discourse on the nature of tradition.

O'Regan is the Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and the influential author of many books, including Gnostic Return in Modernity. He lectures and publishes widely on the intersection of philosophy and theology, on Trinitarian theology, on modern Protestant and Catholic thought, on mystical theology and on postmodern theology.

For more information, email newmanstudies@ninsdu.org or call 412.681.4375.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.