Anselm and Edwards on God
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This chapter examines that Jonathan Edward's thoughts about God and creation imply some sort of sophiology or something very like sophiology. It deals with Gods motives for creation: both Edwards and Sergei Bulgakov believed that creation was the inevitable consequence of divine self-love. The chapter shows how the primacy of love allows them to make that claim without impinging on divine freedom. It addresses what Edwards and Bulgakov saw as a corollary of divine absoluteness, which is temporal instantiations of God's own self-love and self-understanding. Sophiology comes from Russia's Silver Age, which one might call the 1960s of the late 1800s. It was characterized by immense religious, philosophical, and artistic experimentation, reflected in political tensions between the conservative Slavophiles and the more liberal Westernizers. Buglakov's version of sophiology was also overtly panentheistic. The notorious Sophia affair needs mentioning because it helps explain why Bulgakov has only recently gained widespread attention in the United States.