Hans Boersma to Keynote Imagination Redeemed 2019
“Dr. Boersma’s work on the sacramental imagination has been highly influential in the development of the Anselm Society,” said director Brian Brown. “The Society’s mission, and the focus of the conference, is a renaissance of the Christian imagination—in other words, helping Christians learn how to see the world, art, church, and themselves as participating in God and His handiwork; re-enchanting ordinary life so that we see no such thing as ‘ordinary.’ Dr. Boersma’s work in this area is unparalleled in the last decade. I will be spending the next few weeks practicing introducing Dr. Boersma without jumping up and down.”
Boersma joins Drs. John Skillen (Gordon College) and Junius Johnson as the trifecta headlining the event, which will focus on re-enchanting the life of the church (through art and beauty) in corporate worship, in community life, and in the larger world.
About the Speaker
Hans Boersma (PhD University of Utrecht) has recently been appointed to the St. Benedict Servants of Christ Endowed Professorship in Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House in Wisconsin. His books include Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition (Eerdmans, 2018); Scripture as Real Presence (Baker Academic, 2017); and Heavenly Participation (Eerdmans, 2011). Among Boersma’s theological interests are Catholic thought, the church fathers, and spiritual interpretation of Scripture. Hans and his wife Linda attend Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church (ACNA) in Abbotsford, BC.
About Imagination Redeemed
Imagination Redeemed is the annual conference of the Anselm Society. Its purpose is to equip pastors, artists, and laymen to better integrate church and the arts. It will be held April 26-27 2019 in Colorado Springs. Learn more and buy tickets here.
About the Anselm Society
The Anselm Society is named after the archbishop of Canterbury (c. 1093) who defined theology as “faith seeking understanding”...in short, as a work of the imagination; diving deeply into the character of the One we love the most.
We were started in 2013 in Colorado by an ecumenical, intergenerational group of people who believed a renaissance of the Christian imagination was both possible and badly needed. Against the press of a secular age, we believed it was time for an era of the church marked by such a profound vision of the Kingdom of God that believers could not only withstand, but transform the world around them. And we knew this could never happen if Christians' biblical principles were being undercut by secular imaginations, formed by the rhythms and priorities of their age.
We believe for a renaissance of the Christian imagination to occur, the church needs to re-learn how to disciple and work alongside artists. Artists need to re-learn how to be a part of the church, integrating excellence of both craft and faith (whether for sacred or common art). And the laity needs to burn with a desire to, as our founding advisor Christopher Mitchell put it, see the Kingdom with the same enchanted eyes with which they see Narnia and Middle Earth.
This is what the Anselm Society exists to bring about. Learn more.