In preparation for my series on the eschatology of Fr Sergius Bulgakov, I thought I would reblog this article that I wrote a year ago on Bulgakov’s vision of the afterlife. Given that comments are now closed on the original article, feel free to post your thoughts, questions, and criticisms here.
If the eschatological vision of St Isaac of Ninevah is to be fulfilled, then it must be possible for those who die outside of Christ Jesus to subsequently repent of their sins and turn to God in faith.
I invite you to bracket your skepticism and to entertain, for the moment, this possibility. What is life in the afterlife? The great Russian Orthodox theologian Fr Sergius Bulgakov thought deeply on this question. He was very much aware that he was treading upon holy ground, yet he also believed that the gospel of resurrection enjoined him to share with the Church his vision of the afterlife and its fresh possibilities.
In death the soul and spirit of the human person is separated from the body, but the soul remains united to the spirit, thus making possible continuing immortal existence. “The human spirit,” Bulgakov explains, “exists as the hypostatic potency of the…
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