This book explores the Mariology of one of the most unique and fascinating thinkers in the Russian Orthodox tradition, Father Sergius Bulgakov. Bulgakov develops the Russian sophianic mariological tradition initiated by Vladimir Solo’ev and argues that Mary is the "soul of the world" or the pneumatological hypostasis. Mary is the first and greatest disciple to be adopted by the Holy Spirit. By situating Mary within the life and mission of the Holy Spirit, Bulgakov maintains the respect and veneration that Orthodox Christians have for Mary, but also places Mary squarely within the community of disciples. Mary is a model disciple, who reveals that the goal of the spiritual life, spiritual motherhood. In addition, this text reveals the relevance and importance of Bulgakov’s contribution to the contemporary discussion about the role of Mary in the history of salvation.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 The Formative Events 2 Bulgakov’s Method and Sources 3 Russian Mariology and Bulgakov 4 Theological Anthropology and Mary 5 Bulgakov’s Mariology 6 Critics and the Reception of Bulgakov’s Mariology Conclusion
Walter Nunzio Sisto is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at D’Youville College. His research interest is the application of Sergius Bulgakov’s theology to contemporary issues. To this end he has published a variety of articles on Sergius Bulgakov’s Sophiology in journals such as Logos, Marian Studies, and Irish Theological Quarterly. He has also published the book, Death & the World Religions (Kendall Hunt, 2015) that was inspired by Bulgakov’s Sophiology of death.