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Author QuotedSergei Nikolaevitch Bulgakov
Title QuotedSagesse de Dieu
Date (Year/Month/Day)1957/08/07
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QuotationI think this morning I found the key to Bulgakov's Sophianism. His idea is that the Divine Sophia, play, wisdom, is by no means a fourth person or hypostasis, yet in creation spiritualized by the church, it is, as it were, hypostasized, so that creation itself becomes the "Glory of God." Man has frustrated this to some extent-"created Sophia" is "fallen" with man. Wisdom has been corrupted into magic (i.e. magic hold of the cosmos over man who has subjected himself to it by trying to gain control over it). Yet man remains the one who, in Christ, will raise up and spiritualize creation so that all will be "Sophia" and true glory of God. For this man must be himself perfectly united and subjected to the wisdom of God.
JournalA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 107
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