Florovsky Plenary Paper Abstract - Re-enchantment & the Reformation: Getting Back Together

Feast of St Onuphrius of Egypt

CAN WE re-evaluate—perhaps even put behind us—the disunity that the Reformation caused? This lecture takes a look ‘behind the scenes’. Rather than focus on the doctrinal issues that divided Protestants from Catholics, we will look at some of the underlying metaphysical developments in the Late Middle Ages. This leads to the conclusion that the main issue leading to the Reformation—one that affects both Catholics and Protestants—is the disenchantment of the cosmos. By recovering a sacramental approach to reality, Catholics and Protestants can unite in a common struggle against the secularism of modernity. 


Hans Boersma teaches doctrinal theology and history of doctrine in the J. I. Packer Chair at Regent College in Vancouver. His main interest is in the recovery of Christian Platonism—or, in his words, a sacramental ontology. With this concern in mind, he has worked on twentieth-century Catholic thought, theological exegesis, and patristic theology. Some of Boersma's recent books are Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition (Eerdmans, 2018); Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church (Baker Academic, 2017); and Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry (Eerdmans, 2011). Boersma was recently appointed to the St. Benedict Servants of Christ Endowed Professorship in Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House in Wisconson. 


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