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Seeking Theodicy: Sergius Bulgakov and the Apoktastasis

We seek theodicy. We desiderate a convincing justification for the suffering, privation, violence, futility, and death of this world. We desire assurance that this world is good and our Creator is good. We need hope that Christ will triumph over … Continue reading

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The Demonic Void and the Apokatastasis of Satan

St Paisios the Athonite once fasted and prayed for two weeks for the eternal salvation of the devil. While praying he saw a dog’s head sticking his tongue out and mocking him. Paisios con­cluded from this incident that “God is … Continue reading

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Sergius Bulgakov on the Redemption of Satan and Other Matters Eschatological

I am delighted to introduce to the readers of Eclectic Orthodoxy a book which many will be interested in purchasing and reading: The Sophiology of Death: Essays on Eschatology. Within its covers you will find a collection of writings of … Continue reading

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“The Spirit of the Grand Inquisitor” by Nikolai Berdyaev

This following article was written by the Russian Orthodox Philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, soon after his friend Fr. Sergius Bulgakov received his first condemna­tion from the Moscow Patriarchate, on September 7th of 1935. It was published in the December issue of … Continue reading

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Dogma, Damnation, and the Eucatastrophe of the Jesus Story

In both The Orthodox Church and “Dogma and Dogmatic Theology,” Sergius Bulgakov cites eschatology, among others, as a topic of theology open to dogmatic definition, the implica­tion being that standard Orthodox teaching on the last things—including ever­lasting perdi­tion—can only be … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy, Dogma, and the Neuralgic Question of Doctrinal Development

The debate on apokatastasis inevitably raises the question: Has Orthodoxy definitively, infallibly, irreversibly, dogmatically rejected the universalist hope? Must Christians believe that some, perhaps many or even most, will—or as some prefer to say may—be eternally damned? Is it constitutive … Continue reading

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Transmutation or Transubstantiation: Sergius Bulgakov and Herbert McCabe on the Holy Eucharist

That the Holy Orthodox Church confesses the Holy Gifts to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ no one can doubt. But satisfactory interpretations of the eucharistic mystery are difficult to find. Somewhat surprisingly, Eastern theologians have tended to … Continue reading

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Apocatastasis: The Heresy That Never Was

This article has now been superseded by my article “Did the Fifth Ecumenical Council Condemn Universal Salvation?“ When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics imme­diately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (A.D. 553), … Continue reading

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