Cyril Orji

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Cyril Orji

Associate Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Cyril Orji received his Ph.D. from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI and is currently engaged in critical constructive analysis of issues of contemporary significance in Christian theology. Dr. Orji has an interdisciplinary approach to general education, majoring in Philosophy and Education (M.ED) at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Faculty Perspective

“All understanding has its universal aspect, for similars are similarly understood. But it is one thing to exploit this universal aspect in a professional manner; it is another to exploit the intelligibility, which is by itself universal, by adding further intelligibilities until one comes to grips with concrete situations.”

      – Bernard Lonergan

Research Interests

Dr. Orji specializes in systematic and fundamental theology with particular emphases on the theology and philosophy of Bernard Lonergan and Wolfhart Pannenberg. He also collaborates in inter-religious dialogue and the intersection of religion and culture: inculturation, post-colonial critical theory, and Black and African theologies. He is also engaged in communal practices of communicative theology in the development of local/contextual theologies. Dr. Orji has an international perspective on conflict resolution and peace-building.

Selected Publications & Presentations


A Semiotic Approach to the Theology of Inculturation (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015).    

An Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2015).

The Catholic University and the Quest for Truth (Winona, MN: Anselm Press, 2013).

Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa: An Analysis of Bias and Conversion Based on the Works of Bernard Lonergan (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2008).

Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Does Lonergan Know C.S. Peirce?” Philosophy and Theology 27/1 (2005), 75-105.

“Using ‘Foundations’ as Inculturation Hermeneutic: Did Rahner Validate Lonergan?” The Heythrop Journal 54 (2013), 287-300.

“Tradition and Normativity of History: Newman and Lonergan in Quest for Unity of Knowledge,” Australian Ejournal of Theology 20 (2) August 2013.

“Pannenberg and Lonergan in Dialogue on Theology and History of Revelation,” Pacifica 26 (2013), 265-78.

Monograph in Progress

Religion and Science: C.S. Peirce, Wolfhart Pannenberg, and Bernard Lonergan in Dialogue on Evolution and the World Process.

Selected Recent Presentations

“The Contributions of C.S. Peirce to the Social Scientific Methodologies and the Academic Study of Religions,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religions (AAR), Atlanta, GA, November, 2015.

 “Is Nostra Aetate the Transformational Document or the Forgotten Document of Vatican II?” Leuven Encounters Systematic Theology (LEST X), Leuven, Belgium, October, 2015.

 “Tradition and Innovation: A Semiotic Approach to Christian Transformation,” paper presented at the International Association of the History of Religions (IAHR), Erfurt, Germany, August, 2015.

“Lonergan and Inculturation,” Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Lonergan Conference, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA April 2013.

“How Might Catholicity be Truly African?” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), St. Louis, MO, June 6-10, 2012.

“Lonergan and McShane on Political Economy: Relevance for Contemporary Global Crisis,” presented at the 27th Annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, April 12-14, 2012.