The first component in Bulgakovs minor theological trilogy. In this book, The Burning Bush, Sergius Bulgakov refutes the Roman Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception and discusses the Orthodox veneration of the Mother of God. The Burning Bush is a consideration of the personal sinlessness of Mary, the truth of which Bulgakov finds grounded in both Gospel witness and the liturgical tradition of the church. Though his most controversial legacy to the theological community, Bulgakovs Sophiology nevertheless is critical to understanding his Mariology.
This volume is more than mere sophiological speculation, however, as anthropology, eschatology, original sin, human sanctity, and sexuality all find their way into Bulgakovs exploration of the mystery of the woman chosen by God to give birth freely to the Christ.
Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944) is widely regarded as the twentieth century’s leading Orthodox theologian. His other books include Relics and Miracles, Unfading Light, The Comforter, The Lamb of God, Icons and the Name of God, Jacob’s Ladder, and Churchly Joy.
Thomas Allan Smith is Associate Professor of the History and Theology of Eastern Christianity at the University of St Michaels College, Toronto.
In this book, unique in the Russian Orthodox literature, the great theologian Sergius Bulgakov illuminates various aspects of the Churchs veneration of the Mother of God. Like all of Bulgakovs devotional books, this is not a work of abstract theologizing, but a work of prayer, opening up a vision of the mystical reality that forms the foundation of our relations to the Ever-Virgin and her relation to us. Thomas Allan Smiths translation is superb, and in his first-rate introduction he does an excellent job of elucidating Bulgakovs sophiological approach. Boris Jakim
Thomas Allan Smith and Eerdmans deserve an immense debt of gratitude for providing a long-awaited English translation of this pivotal work of the leading Russian Orthodox theologian of the twentieth century. Even more, Smiths translation is careful, nuanced, and yet pre-eminently readable. . . . Western Christians and non-Christians alike often see Orthodoxy as a fascinating, exotic, and mysterious form of Christianity. The Burning Bush, in Smiths translation, helps the reader recognize both Orthodoxys inner coherence and rationality and its rootedness in a profoundly sublime appreciation of creations beauty and magnificence. . . . Smiths list of Bulgakovs sources is a simple yet indispensable tool for the scholarly reader. This translation will serve us all well for decades to come Myroslaw Tataryn