My rating: 2 of 5 stars
"Indeed, whenever and wherever we see truth, goodness, and beauty, it is as though the eschaton comes cascading into our lives and we receive a glimpse of God's beauty in Christ."
That's a fine sentence. I can imagine it will appear in a sermon sometime.
This book is a thorough (sometimes too thorough I think) review of the theology of the beatific vision, focused on a handful of key figures in Christian history. The most interesting, to me, chapters were on Protestant versions, as one doesn't usually think of this as a prominent Protestant doctrine. Chapters on Calvin, the Puritans, and Edwards showed that Protestant theology has neglected an important idea.
By the end Boersma seems to be supporting an idealistic metaphysics that I find odd. But the book was substantive and informative.
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