Studies in East European Thought 64 (3-4):251-267 (2012)

Contemporary scholarship interprets Sergej Bulgakov’s sophiology as an engagement of Orthodox theology with the modern world and as being on its way to becoming a political theology. In this paper I undertake a re-evaluation of the kind of engagement sophiology was and was intended to be, and of the kind of world it was destined for. It will be argued that sophiology was not so much a political-theological engagement with the world concentrating on the relation of religion and politics or state and church, but rather an economic-theological engagement in the tradition of oikonomia theology that tried to understand the world in its relation to and as part of divine oikonomia. Furthermore, the world sophiology promotes engagement with is not only the real contemporary world, or the sociological ideal type of modernity, but primarily the world as such, this secular and human world over and against the divine and transcendent world
Keywords Sophiology  Political theology  Carl Schmitt  Economic theology  Giorgio Agamben  Economy/oikonomia  Christian social action and doctrines  Paul Valliere  Rowan Williams  Divine-human relationship  Engagement  Secular world  Modernity  Brotherhood of Holy Sophia  Sergej Bulgakov
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DOI 10.1007/s11212-012-9171-5
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