The Comforter Read ✓ 6

Summary The Comforter

The Comforter Read ✓ 6 ´ [EPUB] ✴ The Comforter ✷ Sergius Bulgakov – Sergius Bulgakov is widely considered to be the twentieth century's foremost Orthodox theologian and his book The Comforter is an utterly comprehensive and profound study of the Holy SpiritEncyclopedi Sergius Bulgakov is widely considered to be theTradition and throughout church history The book has sections on the development of the doctrine of the Spirit in early Christianity and on the development of the doctrine of procession in the patristic and later Byzantine periods It also touches on the place of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity and explores Old and. Bulgakov begins with a survey of how the early fathers understood the Holy Spirit He goes a step beyond the typical statements that no one called the Spirit God not even Basil Bulgakov's point is that no father had an in depth pneumatology of any sort and this would be a huge problem for Orthodoxy in the Filioue debates He chides Roman Catholic thinkers for reading Filiouist doctrines into early Fathers for example when the Fathers say the Spirit is ek tou hiou or dia from and through It's a highly strained reading to think they are advocating what was taught at Florence and Lyons And again this underscores the problem what did the Fathers mean by these statements We really don't know since they don't sayMonarchia of the Father Dangerous and UndefinedBulgakov is insistent we maintain the doctrine of monarchia the Father as the principle of the Godhead He notes though that when guys like John of Damascus refer to the monarchia it's not clear what they mean How does John use the term cause He oscillates between two positions cause of the other two persons of the Godhead but this moves close to Arianism which John rejects He maintains the eui eternity of the persons One cannot get past the idea though that John is using cause in terms of originationAn Inadeuate TraditionA few years ago Jay Dyer critiued Anchoretic Christianity on the grounds of an inevitable doctrinal development this is problematic for Orthodoxy than it is for Rome This is particularly evident in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit Someone could respond via Basil that Basil said the unwritten tradition always said the Holy Spirit was God Besides begging the uestion that's not really what Bulgakov is getting at The early Fathers did not develop a thorough doctrine of the Holy Spirit leaving a lot of prepositions unualified which later Latin writers would exploit For example when Photius argued that the spirit proceeded ek patre monou and claimed that such was the tradition of the Fathers Latin writers uickly made short work of that numerous Fathers said at the very least that the Spirit proceeded through the Son I don't think that's a Filiouist reading but neither does it line up with what Photius saidA Shared ProblematicBulgakov points out that both sides had the same presupposition whatever one may discuss about the Holy Spirit and his relation to the other persons of the Godhead it will be primarily in terms of his origination from either one or both persons In either case one is left with a dyad and never a triad if the Father alone generates both Son and Spirit then we have Father and SonSpirit; or if we take the Filiouist route we will have FatherSon and Spirit Bulgakov notes that no side really got to the intratrinitarian relationsOusia as Spirit LoveBy contrast Bulgakov sees the essence of God in a new way free from Hellenistic constraints God is Spirit John 4 God is Love 1 John and Bulgakov suggests that God's being is love This definition points to three ness and here Augustine was on the right track Love implies than one and stop the analogy right there Therefore God's essence is Spirit Love Bulgakov 61Christianizing HegelThe Hegelian overtones are heavy in the next few pages and is my favorite part of the book Bulgakov writes The Son then is the hypostatic self revelation of the nature of tthe Father Hebrews 13the self consciousness or hypostatization of the divine ousia of the Father; the Son is present before the Father as his Truth and Word 63 Bulgakov notes that these hypostases are mutually defined through their relation in the divine ousia The Father is not only revealed in his ousia through the Son but he lives in said ousia by the Holy SpiritI know that sounds weighty but it's really not In biblical revelation we understand God the father to be the first person of the to be yet revealed Trinity In the New Testament we see Jesus saying If you've seen me you've seen the Father Jesus seems to be making positive affirmations about knowing God contra the later tradition We know that when Jesus ascends the divine life lives in the church through the Holy Spirit At this point this is simple Sunday School stuff and Bulgakov has nicely tied it together Doesn't this make a lot sense than simply speaking about ousias and essences in an abstract Greek way Yeah I spoke of ousia but I defined it the way the Bible defines it as Spirit and Love Spirit Love

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Sergius Bulgakov is widely considered to be the twentieth century's foremost Orthodox theologian and his book The Comforter is an utterly comprehensive and profound study of the Holy SpiritEncyclopedic in scope The Comforter explores all aspects of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as they are viewed in the Orthodox. This will take time to read That said there is much to process Good historical background into trying to explain what could be thought of as unexplainable Also good how these thoughts can be brought into one's own spiritual journey I may not always agree with some of the authors conclusions yet there are several points I would love to have a discussion with the author but alas not to be

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The ComforterNew Testament notions of the Spirit of God A concluding chapter deals with the mystical revelation of the Holy Spirit Made available in English through the work of Boris Jakim today's premier translator of Russian theology and philosophy into English Bulgakov's Comforter in this edition is a major publishing even. Overall a very good work on pneumatology Bulgakov has some interesting and provocative things to say about the filioue But I'm not convinced by his doctrine of Sophia and he really goes off the rails on Eros and sexuality This is a dense work but worth wading through