Bulgakov Booth, Pt. 3 / Sarah Livick-Moses / Bulgakov on Sophia and Eschatological Politicism

The Bulgakov Booth is a four-part series of interviews on the Russian priest and theologian, Sergius Bulgakov (1871–1944). The interviews here will explore the many intellectual twists and turns in Bulgakov’s biography as well as some key themes in his writings.

In our third episode of the Bulgakov Booth, we chat with Sarah Livick-Moses. Sarah is currently writing a dissertation at Boston College on the doctrines of Trinity and creation in Sergii Bulgakov’s major theological writings. She is a Managing Editor at the Journal of Religion and the Arts, serves on the Steering Committee for the Eastern Orthodox Studies Unit at the American Academy of Religion, and is a Graduate Fellow with the NU Research Initiative for the Study of Russian Philosophy and Religious Thought.

Show Notes


Sarah’s academia.edu page: https://bc.academia.edu/SarahLivickMoses⁠

Genealogies of Modernity: https://genealogiesofmodernity.org/


Bulgakov, Sergius. The Bride of the Lamb.

———. The Comforter.

———. The Lamb of God.

———. Sophia: The Wisdom of God: An Outline of Sophiology.

———. The Sophiology of Death: Essays on Eschatology: Personal, Political, Universal.

———. Unfading Light: Contemplations and Speculations.

Livick-Moses, Sarah. “Eschatological Resurrection and Historical Liberation.”

Meerson, Michael A. The Trinity of Love in Modern Russian Theology.

Newsome Martin, Jennifer. Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Critical Appropriation of Russian Religious Thought.

———. “The ‘Whence’ and the ‘Whither’ of Balthasar’s Gendered Theology: Rehabilitating Kenosis for Feminist Theology.”

Skobtsova, Mother Maria. Essential Writings.


(02:03) – Roundtable: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Antwerp, Meister Eckhart

(05:30) – Major themes: divine-humanity, eschatology, iconography, Sophia

(08:02) – Bulgakovian (and Russian) Sophiology

(15:35) – Countering (completing?) German Idealism

(18:18) – Friends and influences: Florensky, Berdyaev

(19:43) – Bulgakov’s (and Maria Skobtsova’s) “eschatological politicism”

(24:57) – The two poles of eschatological politicism

(26:35) – Spiritual participation in political systems

(30:43) – A Bulgakovian assessment of Patriarch Kirill

(34:25) – Bulgakov’s ecclesial and political milieu

(36:48) – Sophia in the church-world relation

(39:47) – Gender difference in Bulgakov’s theology

(45:45) – Bulgakov’s iconology in feminist perspective

(50:46) – What’s next for Sarah and where to find her


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