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No Heaven, No Scripture: Why our Bible reading needs a recovery of the contemplative life

by Hans Boersma

November 21 - 7pm

About "No Heaven, No Scripture"

The Bible cannot be read apart from its spiritual end, which is the heavenly contemplation
of God in Christ. By ignoring this, contemporary biblical scholarship runs the danger of
forgetting both Scripture’s final cause (the heavenly presence of God) and its divine
character. It is contemplative reading that puts us in tune with the purposes of God. So,
while action and contemplation together make up the Christian life, the latter has a kind of
priority: contemplation (love of God) is our final end. It is the driving force that guides the
active life (the life of virtue) as well as our reading of Scripture.

About Hans Boersma

Hans Boersma (PhD University of Utrecht) holds the St. Benedict Servants of Christ Chair 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.

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