Dates: November 28th-29th 2022
Location: Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712 GK Groningen
Thomas a Kempis’s Imitation of Christ is a worldwide bestseller, its spread comparable only with Holy Scripture itself. A classic Christian text written near Zwolle, it was translated in almost every written language in the world and is reprinted to the present day. It has a considerable intertextual presence: in the form of sayings, such as in the Netherlands ‘in een hoekske met een boekske (in a little corner with a book)’ as the place where to find peace and quiet, and in literature. In Britain, it inspired the protagonist of Richardson’s Pamela or Virtue Rewarded (1740) and was a constant presence in the lives of Barbara Pym’s spinsters. Quite recently, liberation theologian Leonardo Boff viewed the Imitation as a point of departure for an active and contemplative Christianity focused on solving current problems such as the present ecological crisis on Earth. A team of international experts will meet in person and hybridly, in preparation for a book on this great work and its author.
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