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Jos Strengholt

Heavenly Participation

A great book I warmly recommend: Heavenly Participation, by Hans Boersma. I am reading it for a second time now – just to make sure I suggest what Boersma has to say.

“Postmodernity is little more than modernity coming home to roost. Both, I believe, are predicated on the abandonment of a premodern sacramental mindset in which the realities of this-worldly existence pointed to greater, eternal realities in which they sacramentally shared. Once modernity abandoned a participatory or sacramental view of reality, the created order became unmoored from its origin in God, and the material cosmos began its precarious drift on the flux of nihilistic waves.” Hans Boersema, Heavenly Participation: the weaving of a sacramental tapestry (Grand Rapids, 2011), p. 2.

Boersma proposes a rather radical realignment of theology – a realignment with how the church from the first till the 17th century ‘did’ theology. I love it.

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Agenda

April 2020

sleep a bit

May 2020

Maybe find some more toilet rolls?

June 2020

Consider what to do next month

July 2020

Rest a bit maybe

August 2020

Write my memoires of last half year

September 2020

See whether I need to clean the windows

October 2020

Make my new-year resolutions

November 2020

Let's call the kids

December 2020

Another year gone. Wow that was an eventful year. Too busy. Must rest a bit.

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