With the publication of this book, Bulgakov's magnum opus trilogy On Divine Humanity
, is complete in English. It is, though the earliest written of the three pieces, the centerpiece of a deisis
: for this is Bulgakov's great Christology, toward which his work on the Church (The Bride of the Lamb
) and John the Forerunner (The Friend of the Bridegroom
) incline. The Chalcedonian definition lies at the heart of Bulgakov's Christology, but Bulgakov sees it as a negative definition (negative definitions being necessary and highly valued in the Orthodox tradition), and intends here to develop it in positive terms. (The sophiological speculations for which Bulgakov is unfortunately so one-sidedly famous were part of this positive construction and earned him accusations of heresy by the Russian Church in Exile, charges which were never pursued to their conclusion but made his work suspect thereafter.) Despite the controversial nature of Bulgakov's theology, this translation must be welcomed, at the very least as an important contribution to the full scope of twentieth-century Orthodox thought. 480 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
What is our participation in the divine humanity? In explaining this important doctrine, Sergius Bulgakov begins by surveying the field of Christology with special reference to the divine humanity. He considers the role of the Divine Sophia, examines the foundations of the Incarnation, explores the nature of Christ's divine consciousness, and ponders Christ's ministries while on earth. A profound discussion of Christ's kenosis as a model for humanity rounds out this comprehensive and valuable study. The Lamb of God is one of the greatest works of Christology in the twentieth century and a crowning achievement in the examination of the theology of divine humanity.