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Hans Boersma makes a superb contribution to evangelical theological reflection in this well-designed book, and it goes a long way to drawing us back from the brink of a fashionable evangelical tendency to reductive historicism. His re-situation of the doctrine of the Incarnation in its historic sacramental language and thought opens up the way to a deeper understanding of the truths of faith that evangelicals and Catholics alike seek to comprehend and nurture.
David Lyle Jeffrey
Theology at its best, says Hans Boersma, is less interested in comprehending the truth than in participating in it. Skillfully marshalling passages from the church fathers and medieval theologians and drawing judiciously on contemporary evangelical and Catholic thinkers, Boersma shows that theology is not primarily an intellectual enterprise but a spiritual discipline by which one enters into the truth and is mastered by it. Though this sacramental tapestry, as he calls it, is as old as the church, it is refreshing to have it presented anew in this engaging book.
Robert Louis Wilken
University of Virginia
Hans Boersma holds the J. I. Packer Chair in Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. His other books include Nouvelle Th�ologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery and Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition, which won the 2005 Christianity Today Book Award in theology/ethics.
Very good book. I recommend it highly for people who find the Catholic and the standard Protestant views on the Lord
Supper to woefully unsatisfying. Read more
A necessary read to help understand the thinking in the Middle Ages and thought provoking about how we should understand God's relationship with his creation. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robbie
Everyone took Boersma's points to heart, and incorporated
a sacramental oncology, Christianity would be a better place. Read more
There are certain books--not many--that feel like personal gifts, as though the writer had somehow gotten inside our heads and discerned what we couldn't yet put into words, then... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paula Huston
I've finally got my copy of Boersma's fine work, Heavenly Participation. I absolutely love it and am overwhelmed with resonance while simultaneously knowing I could not have... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Brad Jersak
This book serves as an excellent introduction to sacramental theology, written from a perspective that seeks to be both genuinely evangelical and ecumenical. Read morePublished 22 months ago by L & M
Come on, Hans, be honest! This is a five-star book if written by a Roman Catholic, but you sit in the J.I. Packer chair of systematic theology at Regent College. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Peter Santucci