Uniting Heaven and Earth: The Reformation After 500 Years

Date(s) - September 9, 2017
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Regent College (Room 100)

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Uniting Heaven and Earth: The Reformation after 500 Years
Dr. Hans Boersma | J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College

After 500 years, can we re-evaluate—perhaps even put behind us—the disunity that the Reformation caused? Boersma is convinced that it’s worth our while to take a fresh look at the events of the Reformation. Rather than discussing the specific theological differences between Catholics and Protestants, this lecture takes a look “behind the scenes” and argues that a sacramental approach to reality can unite Catholics and Protestants in their struggle against the secularity of modernity. The ecclesial disunity of the Reformation can be healed if together we open our eyes to the secular, non-sacramental disunity between heaven and earth bequeathed by modernity.

Before coming to Regent in 2005, Hans Boersma taught for six years at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC (1999–2005). He also served as a pastor for several years (1994–1998). He is the author of a number of books, including Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church (Baker Academic, 2017); Sacramental Preaching: Sermons on the Hidden Presence of Christ (Baker Academic, 2016); Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach (Oxford University Press, 2013); Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry (Eerdmans 2011); Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery (Oxford University Press, 2009); and Violence, Hospitality and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition (Baker Academic, 2004). He is also co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology (Oxford University Press, 2015). In 2018, Eerdmans will publish his latest book, Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition.

Among Hans Boersma’s main theological interests are Catholic thought, the church fathers, and spiritual interpretation of Scripture. Hans Boersma and his wife Linda live in Langley, BC, where they attend the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church.

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