University of Notre Dame
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
Prof. 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. Prof. O’Regan is currently working on books on Romanticism and Gnosticism and on Han Urs von Balthasar and postmodern thought.
His recent publications include Anatomy of Misremembering (1): Balthasar’s Response to Philosophical Modernity. Vol. 1: Hegel (New York: Crossroad 2014), Theology and the Spaces of the Apocalyptic (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press 2009), “The Impatience of Gnosis” in The Philosophy of William Desmond, ed. Ben Simson (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press 2015), “Newman’s Religious Epistemology” in Oxford Handbook of Religious Epistemology, ed. William Abraham and Fred Aquino, (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015), and “Heidegger and Christian Wisdom” in Christianity and Modern Culture, ed. Francesca Murphy and Kenneth Oakes (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2015).
The organizers of the symposium gratefully acknowledge sponsorship by the following units: Arts & Sciences Research Council; Germanic Language & Literatures; Franklin Humanities Institute; Office of Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies; Council for European Studies and Religions & Public Life; Program in Political Theory; Division of Theology – Duke Divinity School; Program in Literature & Theory; Department of History; Department of Religion