Cyril Orji


Full-Time Faculty


Email: Cyril Orji
Phone: 937-229-2079


Professor Cyril Orji is a systematic theologian and engages in critical constructive analysis of issues of contemporary significance in Christian theology. He has an interdisciplinary approach to general education. Professor Orji was nominated and elected to the prestigious American Theological Society (ATS) in 2017.

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

Professor Orji specializes in systematic and fundamental theology with particular emphases on the theology and philosophy of Bernard Lonergan, which he brings in conversation with the works of the American pragmatist and semiotician, Charles Sanders Peirce, and the German Lutheran theologian, Wolfhart Pannenberg.

Professor Orji also collaborates in inter-religious dialogue and the intersection of religion and culture – inculturation, post-colonial critical theory, and Black and African theologies – and engages in communal practices of communicative theology in the development of local/contextual theologies. He has published numerous articles in reputable peer reviewed journals including Theological Studies, Toronto Journal of Theology, Heythrop, Pacifica, The New Blackfriars, and Irish Theological Quarterly.

Selected Publications


Science-Theology Rapprochement (Forthcoming, 2019).

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 a Hermeneutical Clarification of ‘Presence’ Advance O’Collins’ Christology?” New Blackfriars 98/1078 (2017): 653-75.

“A Quest to Revitalize Nostra Aetate for an Emerging World Church,” Irish Theological Quarterly 82/1 (2017): 37-59.

“Are There Stages of Meaning in African Theology?” Toronto Journal of Theology 32/1 (2016), 71-93.

“Sustainability and Political Economy: A Lonerganian Approach to Global Economic Crisis” The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context 11 (2015), 33-45.

“Does Lonergan Know C.S. Peirce?” Philosophy and Theology 27/1 (2015), 75-105.



Selected Presentations

“Lonergan and Me,” presented at the 45th Annual Lonergan Workshop, Boston College, MA, June 10-15, 2018.

“Is Jesus’ Identity and Mission a Sinsign of God’s Activity in the World?” presented at the 33rd Annual Fallon Memorial Symposium, Los Angeles Lonergan Center, April 19-21, 2018.

A Panel on Special Theological Roundtable on Non-Violence, Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, Nov 2-3, 2017.

“Avery Dulles’ Program of Church Reform and Renewal: Lessons for Contemporary Church.” Presented at the XI International LEST Conference,” Leuven, Belgium, October 11-14, 2017.

“The Influence of Peirce in Contemporary Science-Philosophy-Theology Dialogue,” paper delivered at Pragmatism and Analytic-Continental Split Conference, University of Sheffield, UK, August 9-11, 2017.

“American Catholicism in the 21st century: Crossroads, Crisis, or Renewal.” A Plenary Panel Discussion on Issues and Questions in American Catholic Theology Today at the Annual College Theology Society Meeting, Salve Regina University, New Port, RI, June 1-4, 2017.

“A Lonerganian-Bakhtinian Novelization of Inculturation,” paper presented at the Annual West Cost Method Institute, Lonergan Conference, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, April 20-23, 2017.