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.
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