How to introduce Paul Evdokimov? Associated with the ''Russian Religious Renaissance'' of the first half of the twentieth century, his compatriots includes Florensky, Sergius Bulgakov, Afanasiev, Berdyaev, St. Silouan, and St. Tikhon; and other pivotal figures such as Simone Weil, Camus, Heidegger, Sartre, Freud, Jung, Dostoevsky, Merton crossed the beautiful path of his expansive and searching mind. Steeped in the history of the Church, conversant with mystery and brilliantly honest, his thought has been termed ''liturgical existentialism'' without the angst. His own terminology is preferable as one drinks in these representative writings: ''A Christian community, if it truly is this, buries itself as a splinter in the body of the world'' (which often includes the Church herself). His words pierce, stir, heal and sing to us. Convinced of ''God's insistence on the impossible,'' driven by the ''instinct of Orthodoxy'' and the ''creative path of Tradition'' Evdokimov delves into the nature of the Church, her social responsibilities, the eruptive power of holiness, the ''absurd'' love of God, the charisms of women, eschatology and much more. His openness to seeing ''Christ in all things'' invites us to acknowledge: yes, here too Christ speaks!
An Eighth Day View:
Paul Evdokimov (1901-1970) was a well-known writer, professor and lay theologian of the Orthodox Church in France. Himself a part of the Russian emigration in the aftermath of the Revolution, he studied under many of the great thinkers of the Russian Religious Renaissance, including Fr Sergius Bulgakov and Nicolas Berdiaev.
While rooted in his Russian heritage, he nevertheless became fully part of Western culture and life. His circle of influence covered a wide range of human experience. He worked in car factories, railyards and restaurants. For years he ran an ecumenical hostel for the poor, immigrants and students, thus bringing to his theological writing the Gospel's love for the world and Christ's compassion for the suffering. As professor of Moral Theology at St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris, Director of the Ecumenical Institute in Geneva, teacher at L'Institut Catholique in Paris and official Orthodox observer at Vatican II, Evdokimov served as a bridge between the tradition of the Eastern Church and the churches of the West.
This volume brings together many of the subjects Evdokimov cared deeply about -- faith and culture, the spiritual life, liturgy, eschatology, freedom and authority -- under the general theme of the struggle for faith in our times.