Bulgakov’s Sophia: The Wisdom of God, recently knocked me out of my chair – in a good way.  Some highlights from his Introduction:

– Sophiology works through tradition, not against it, and in a manner similar to what de Lubac was after.  “The time has come for us to sweep away the dust of the ages and to decipher the sacred script, to reinstate the tradition of the Church, in this instance all but broken, as a living tradition…It is a call neither to superstitiousative understanding, nor to rationalistic contempt, but rather to creative understanding and development” (5).

-After spending time with The Monstrosity of Christ, and working through Milbank and Zizek, the question of mediation grows more pronounced.  For Bulgakov, the entire question of sophiology is one of mediation.  “The central point from which sophiology proceeds is that of the relation between God and the world…precisely insofar as it applies to the theandric union between God and the whole of the creaturely world, through humanity and in humanity” (14).

-And finally, he answers the ‘so what?’ question; that is, why do we need sophiology at all: “in contemplating culture which has succumbed to secularization and paganism, which has lost its inspiration and has no answer to give to the tragedy of history, which seems in fact to have lost all meaning – we realize that we can find a spring of living water only by a renewal of our faith in the sophianic, or theandric, meaning of the historical process.  As the dome of St. Sophia in Constantinople with prophetic symbolism portrays heaven bending to earth, so the Wisdom of God itself is spread like a canopy over our sinful though still hallowed world” (21).

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