22 Facts About Sergei Bulgakov


Sergei Nikolayevich Bulgakov was born on 16 July 1871 to the family of an Orthodox priest in the town of Livny, Oryol Governorate, in Russia.


Metropolitan Macarius Sergei Bulgakov, one of the major Eastern Orthodox theologians of his days, and one of the most important Russian church historians, was a distant relative.


At the age of fourteen, after three years at the local parish school, Sergei Bulgakov entered the seminary in Oryol.


In 1888 Sergei Bulgakov quit the seminary after a loss of his faith.


In 1890, Sergei Bulgakov entered the Imperial Moscow University where he chose to study political economy and law.


Sergei Bulgakov only chose to study law because it seemed more likely to contribute to his country's redemption.


Sergei Bulgakov's thought during his studies with Chuprov has generally been seen through the lens of the Marxist-Populist debate.


On January 14,1898, shortly before embarking for Western Europe, Sergei Bulgakov married Elena Tokmakova, with whom he had two sons and a daughter.


In 1898 Sergei Bulgakov left for Western Europe to begin his research for his dissertation, Capitalism and Agriculture, that was intended to test the application of Marx's theory of capitalist societies to agriculture.


Sergei Bulgakov examined the entire agricultural history of Germany, the United States, Ireland, France, and England.


At the time of Sergei Bulgakov teaching about Dostoevsky, the counterweight to Marxism in 20th century Russia was Neo-Kantianism.


Together with Petr Struve, Sergei Bulgakov published the journal Liberation and with him was a founder of the illegal political organization Union of Liberation in 1903.


Sergei Bulgakov did not join the Kadets and instead formed the Union of Christian Politics, a party advocating Christian socialism.


Amidst the chaos of 1905, Sergei Bulgakov made the acquaintance of Pavel Florensky, with whom he would establish a long-lasting friendship.


Sergei Bulgakov believed Nicholas II was responsible for the social problems plaguing Russia.


Sergei Bulgakov continued to struggle with the meaning of political power as he wrote Unfading Light.


At the funeral Sergei Bulgakov had a profound religious experience that is generally regarded as his final step in his journey back to Orthodoxy.


In 1918, Sergei Bulgakov was ordained to the priesthood, and rose to prominence in church circles.


Sergei Bulgakov took part in the All-Russia Sobor of the Russian Orthodox Church that elected patriarch Tikhon of Moscow.


In 1918, Sergei Bulgakov moved to join his family in the Crimea, where for two years he taught political economy and theology at the university in Simferopol.


Sergei Bulgakov was the head of this institute and Professor of Dogmatic Theology until his death from throat cancer on 12 July 1944.


Sergei Bulgakov was buried in Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois Russian Cemetery in the southern suburbs of Paris.