Unfading Light: Contemplations and Speculations

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Dec 12, 2012 - Religion - 512 pages
With its scholarly discussions of myth, German idealist philosophy, negative theology, and mysticism, shot through with reflections on personal religious experiences, Unfading Light documents what a life in Orthodoxy came to mean for Sergius Bulgakov on the tumultuous eve of the 1917 October Revolution. Written in the final decade of the Russian Silver Age, the book is a typical product of that era of experimentation in all fields of culture and life. Bulgakov referred to the book as miscellanies, a patchwork of chapters articulating in symphonic form the ideas and personal experiences that he and his entire generation struggled to comprehend. Readers may be reminded of St. Augustine's Confessions and City of God as they follow Bulgakov through the challenges and opportunities presented to Orthodoxy by modernity.
 

Contents

The Nature of Religious Consciousness
1
Faith and Feeling
39
Religion and Ethics
47
The Nature of Myth
63
Religion and Philosophy
79
Divine Nothing
103
A German Theology Das Büchlein vom vollkommenen
143
Divine Nothing
150
The World
181
The Human Being
285
1
359
146
463
181
472
186
505
285
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Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944) is widely regarded as the twentieth century's leading Orthodox theologian. His other books include Relics and Miracles, The Unfading Light, The Burning Bush, The Lamb of God, The Comforter, Jacob's Ladder, and Churchly Joy (all Eerdmans). Thomas Allan Smith is associate professor of the history and theology of Eastern Christianity at the University of St. Michael?s College, Toronto.

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