Seeing God: Human Desire for the Beatific Vision – March 4, 2019

ACTS Seminaries is honoured to host Dr. Hans Boersma, J.I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College, for a theology conference.

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Seeing God: Human Desire for the Beatific Vision

Speaker:   Dr. Hans Boersma, Regent College J.I. Packer Professor of Theology


Dr. Yonghua Ge, ACTS Seminaries Director of Mandarin Theology Program

Dr. Jens Zimmermann, Regent College Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Literature and Theology

Date:         Monday, March 4, 2019

Time:         7:00 – 9:00pm

Location:   ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University
                   Fosmark Centre, Johnson Hall
                   7600 Glover Road, Langley, BC

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When we see God, are we looking with our physical eyes or with the mind’s eye?

Both, says Dr. Hans Boersma in this sacramental and historical treatment of the beatific vision. Focusing on “vision” as a living metaphor, Boersma shows how the vision of God is accessible already today.

Seeing God is a historical study, but it also includes a dogmatic articulation of key characteristics that contribute to our understanding of the beatific vision. Theologians, philosophers, and literary authors have long maintained that the invisible God becomes visible to us. Boersma shows how God trains us to see his character by transforming our eyes and minds, highlighting continuity from this world to the next. Christ-centered, sacramental, and ecumenical in character, Seeing God presents life as a pilgrimage to see the face of God in the hereafter.

Sponsored by ACTS Seminaries, The John H. Pickford Chair of Theology and Trinity Western University’s Religious Studies Department.

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