Cyril O'Regan

Cyril O'Regan

Endowed Professor
Huisking Professor of Theology
History of Christianity
Systematic Theology


B.A., 1974, and M.A., 1978, University College Dublin

M.A., 1983, M.Phil., 1984 and Ph.D., 1989, Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests

O'Regan specializes in systematic and historical theology. He has specific interests in the intersection of continental philosophy and theology, religion and literature, mystical theology, and postmodern thought. He has written The Heterodox Hegel, Gnostic Return in Modernity, and Gnostic Apocalypse: Jacob Boehme's Haunted Narrative. He has published numerous articles on such topics as the nature of tradition, negative theology, the sources of Hegel's thought and Hegel as a theological source, and on figures such as John Henry Newman and Hans Urs von Balthasar. O'Regan is currently working on books on Romanticism and Gnosticism and on Han Urs von Balthasar and postmodern thought.

Recent Publications


2014. Anatomy of Misremembering (1): Balthasar's Response to Philosophical Modernity. Vol. 1: Hegel. New York: Crossroad.

2009. Theology and the Spaces of the Apocalyptic. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press.

2002. Gnostic Apocalypse: Jacob Boehme's Haunted Narrative. Albany: SUNY Press.

2001. Gnostic Return in Modernity. Albany: SUNY Press.

1994. The Heterodox Hegel. Albany: SUNY Press.

Book Chapters:

2015. “The Impatience of Gnosis” in The Philosophy of William Desmond, ed. Ben Simson. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

2015. “Kierkegaard: The Rule of Chaos and the Perturbation of Love” in Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for our Times. Waco: Baylor University Press.

2015. “Newman’s Religious Epistemology” in Oxford Handbook of Religious Epistemology, ed. William Abraham and Fred Aquino. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2015. “Heidegger and Christian Wisdom” in Christianity and Modern Culture, ed. Francesca Murphy and Kenneth Oakes. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

2015. “Fear of God in Newman and Kierkegaard,” in Wondrous Fear and Holy Awe, ed. Ann Astell. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

2015. “Reception of Newman as Saint.” Receptions of Newman, ed. Benjamin King and Fred Aquino. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2014. “Reordering the Trinity: Kasper’s (Dis)continuity with Rahner.” In Kasper the Theologian, ed. Robert Krieg and Kristen Colberg, pp. 110-26. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.

2013. “The Brazen Contours of Philosophical Anthropology,” in The Human Voyage of Self- Discovery: Essays in Honor of Brendan Purcell, ed. Brendan Leahy and David Walsh, pp. 27-43. Dublin, Ireland: Veritas.

2013. “Aesthetic Idealism: Theological Implications and Reception,” in The Impact of Idealism. Volume 4. Religion, ed. Nicholas Adams, pp.143-66. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University press.

2013. “Theology, Art, and Beauty,” in The Many Faces of Beauty. Ed. Vittorio Hoesle, pp. 445-471. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

2013. “Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion.” In Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion. Edited Meister Chad, pp. 27-37. London and New York: Routledge.

2012. “Eckhart Reception in the Nineteenth Century,” in A Companion to Meister Eckhart, Ed. Jeremiah Hackett, pp. 629-667. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.

2012. “Answering Back: Augustine’s Critique of Heidegger,” in Human Destinies: Philosophical Essays in Memory of Gerald Hanratty. Ed. Fran O’Rourke, pp. 134-184.Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

2012. “Benedict the Augustinian.” In The Theology of Benedict XVI. Ed. John Cavadini, pp. 20-60. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

2012. “Kant: Blind-Spots, Boundaries, and Supplement.’ In Christianity and Secular Reason. Edited by Jeffrey Bloechl, pp. 87-126.  Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

2011. “The Trinity in Kant, Hegel, and Schelling,” in The Oxford Handbook on the Trinity, ed. Gilles Emery and Matthew Levering, pp. 254-66. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2010. “Balthasar and the Unwelcoming of Heidegger,’ in The Grandeur of Reason: Religion, Tradition, and Universalism, ed. Peter Chandler and Conor Cunningham, pp. 264-98. Oxford: SPC.

2010. “Voegelin and the Troubled Greatness of Hegel,” in Eric Voegelin and the Continental Tradition:  Explorations in  Modern  Political  Thought,  ed.  Lee  Trepanier  and  Steve McGuire, 44-63. Columbia: Missouri University Press.


2016. ‘The Quiet Claim of the Ordinary: David Kelsey and Catholic Theology,’ in The Theological Anthropology of David Kelsey, ed. Gene Outka (Eerdmans, 2016), 55-89. (no. 53 in CV)

2016. ‘Heidegger and Christian Wisdom,’ in Christian Wisdom Meets Modernity, ed. Francesca Murphy and Ken Oakes (Bloomsbury, 2016), 37-57.  (no. 63 in CV)

2016. ‘Response to Readers of Anatomy of Misremembering,’ in Nova et Vetera (Summer) 2016, 1015-25. (no. 61 in CV)

2016. ‘Thomas More: Saint in a time of Cultural Crisis,’ in Living Word (Spring) 2016 (10 pp)

2014. “Žižek’s Meontology: An Inflected Hegel and the Possibility of Theology,” in Modern Theology, 2014 (Fall): 600-611.

2013. “Hegel, Sade, and  Gnostic  Infinities.”  In Radical Orthodoxy:  Journal  of  Theology, Philosophy, and Politics, September  2013: 383-425.

2012. “Newman and the Argument of Holiness.” In Newman Studies, vol. 9 no. 1 (Spring): 52-74.

2012. “Girard and the Spaces of Apocalyptic.” In Modern Theology 28.1 (Spring): 112-140.

2012. “Naming God in God and the Between.” Louvain Studies, 36: 282-301.

2011. “Newman’s Apologia: A Classic Text? In The Lonergan Review, no. 3 (Fall): 88- 101.

2010. “Žižek and Milbank and the Hegelian Death of God,” in Modern Theology, Spring (2010), pp. 278-86.

2010. “Philosophy: Modernity: Calibrating Revolution,” in Perspectives on Political Science, ed.Peter Lawler, vol. 39 no. 3: pp. 127-33.



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