Radical sophiology: Fr. Sergej Bulgakov and John Milbank on Augustine [Book Review]

Studies in East European Thought 64 (3-4):227-249 (2012)

Abstract

Looking at John Milbank's recent turn to Fr. Sergej Bulgakov, this paper argues that the theological and philosophical commitments they share are overshadowed by a deeper difference concerning the role each assigns the church in secular culture. It turns to Milbank's roots in Augustine's philosophy of history, which he argues could have allowed the church to overtake the pagan (which founds the secular) were it not for his distinction between the "visible" church and its deferred (eschatological) perfection. Bulgakov also criticizes Augustine's doctrine of the church, or so he thinks. He actually misreads Augustine, accusing the bishop of holding a doctrine of the church that Milbank would have liked him to have held. This suggests that Bulgakov would not agree with Milbank's view that the church should "enact" God's judgment in history by opposing itself to the secular

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,743

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2012-11-10

Downloads
35 (#329,773)

6 months
1 (#387,390)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Sergei Bulgakov’s Sophiology of Death.Lilianna Kiejzik - 2010 - Studies in East European Thought 62 (1):55 - 62.
Splendid Vices and Secular Virtues: Variations on Milbank's Augustine.James Wetzel - 2004 - Journal of Religious Ethics 32 (2):271 - 300.
Sergej N. Bulgakov, Trudy O Troichnosti.Katharina A. Breckner - 2002 - Studies in East European Thought 54 (3):237-239.
Sergej N. Bulgakov, Trudy O Troichnosti.Katharina A. Breckner - 2003 - Studies in East European Thought 55 (3):237-239.
“Pro Salute Nostra Reparanda”: Radical Orthodoxy's Christology of Manifestation Versus Augustine's Moral Christology.Maarten Wisse - 2008 - Neue Zeitschrift für Systematicsche Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 49 (3):349-376.
Naves and Nukes: John Ruskin as "Augustinian" Social Theorist?David M. Craig - 2004 - Journal of Religious Ethics 32 (2):325 - 356.
John Milbank, Augustine, and the “Secular”.Michael J. Hollerich - 1999 - Augustinian Studies 30 (2):311-326.
Materialism and Transcendence.John Milbank - 2009 - In Simon Oliver & John Milbank (eds.), The Radical Orthodoxy Reader. Routledge.
Christ the Exception.John Milbank - 2009 - In Simon Oliver & John Milbank (eds.), The Radical Orthodoxy Reader. Routledge.