From Sophia to Personhood: The Development of 20th Century Orthodox Trinitarian Theology

From Sophia to Personhood: The Development of 20th Century Orthodox Trinitarian Theology

Aristotle Papanikolaou
Fordham University
 
Abstract: This presentation will trace the development of trinitarian theology, beginning with Sergius Bulgakov and including Dumitru Stăniloae, Vladimir Lossky and John Zizioulas. It will demonstrate how much of contemporary Orthodox theology on the Trinity, although projecting itself as a neo-Patristic synthesis, is, in large part, a footnote to Bulgakov. I will also argue how the development of a contemporary Orthodox theology of personhood is both consistent with patristic theology and a result of hermeneutical and existential contextuality.