Refracted Reality

Episode 1: This Space We're In

March 16 2015


In the inaugural episode of Refracted Reality we explore how space and place shape and form us. We’ll meet Paul and Pamela Butler who have been turning an old church into their home (and into a church again). We’ll also talk about the intersection of theology and philosophy with our understanding of space with Dr. Albert Borgmann, Dr. Arthur Boers, and Dr. Eric Jacobsen.


Albert Borgmann

Albert Borgmann is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana, Missoula where he has taught since 1970. His special area is the philosophy of society and culture. Among his publications are Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life (University of Chicago Press, 1984), Crossing the Postmodern Divide (University of Chicago Press, 1992), Holding On to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium (University of Chicago Press, 1999), Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology (Brazos Press, 2003), and Real American Ethics (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Eric Jacobsen

Eric O. Jacobsen is the author of The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment and Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Built Environment. He is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma where he lives with his wife and four children. He has a PhD in Theology and Culture from Fuller Seminary.

Arthur Boers

Arthur Boers holds the R. J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership at Tyndale Seminary (Toronto, Canada). He previously taught pastoral theology at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana). An ordained minister and Benedictine oblate, he served for over sixteen years as a pastor in rural, urban, and church-planting settings in the USA and Canada. His newest book is Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions (Brazos, 2012). The Way is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago (InterVarsity, 2007) reflects on a 500 mile pilgrimage that he walked in Spain.

Paul & Pamela Butler

Paul & Pamela met as students at Moody Bible Institute and subsequently got married in 1993. They lived in Chicago for 17 years while Paul worked at Moody in radio and education. They recently moved to north-central IL where they live in a church with their 3 children and 6 cats