Fr. Sergius Bulgakov
Russian-French theologian, an extremely influential
figure in the Orthodox resurgence among Russian intellectuals at
the start of the XX Century. He was trained as a political
economist, and was a Marxist at first, then an Idealist,
and finally an Orthodox believer. He was ordained a priest in 1918.
Eventually forced out of the country, he taught at the St.
Sergius Institute in Paris. His theological speculations on
the Divine Wisdom provoked heated discussion: they never prevailed
even in France where his influence was greatest, and were
eventually condemned as heretical by the Moscow Patriarchate
in 1935. The "sophiology" debate has cast something of a shadow over
Fr. Bulgakov's memory, but it would be hard to dispute his
significance as a Christian role model for Russian intellectuals
of his generation.
Norman Hugh Redington
- Some associated people:
- WORKS: Read with a certain degree of caution.
Ultimate Questions edited by Fr. A. Schmemann,
(New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965): 299.
Meditations on the Joy of the Resurrection.
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