Talk:Sergius Bulgakov

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:I've reverted Fr. John W.'s edits here, chiefly because he deleted some interesting, useful, and well-referenced (so it seems to me) background information. Fr. John, please feel free to fill out the Synod's argument (in the words of St. John Maximovitch, etc.), but please do so in a way which doesn't destroy what was already here. The basic facts should be pretty readily established. If we need to have two different subsections, arguing pro and con, let's do it. E.g. The legacy of Fr. Bulgakov is still controversial, some argue... while others hold... etc. As always, let's keep away from personal attacks and try to document who said what, where when and why. Many thanks! — [[User:FrJohn|<b>FrJohn</b>]] ([http://www.orthodoxwiki.org/User_talk:FrJohn&action=edit&section=new talk])
 
:I've reverted Fr. John W.'s edits here, chiefly because he deleted some interesting, useful, and well-referenced (so it seems to me) background information. Fr. John, please feel free to fill out the Synod's argument (in the words of St. John Maximovitch, etc.), but please do so in a way which doesn't destroy what was already here. The basic facts should be pretty readily established. If we need to have two different subsections, arguing pro and con, let's do it. E.g. The legacy of Fr. Bulgakov is still controversial, some argue... while others hold... etc. As always, let's keep away from personal attacks and try to document who said what, where when and why. Many thanks! — [[User:FrJohn|<b>FrJohn</b>]] ([http://www.orthodoxwiki.org/User_talk:FrJohn&action=edit&section=new talk])
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::I do not disagree that much of the material that was added was good, but it was poorly referenced... in that it provided one footnote, with a shotgun blast of references, and it is impossible to tell without finding all the needles in the hay stack which reference covers which assertion of fact.  Secondly, there was a text here previously.  The editor that added this material, simply wiped that out... and I think the burden of working the existing material is on the next editor.  I don't think the burden of restoring white washed information should be on anyone else. [[User:Frjohnwhiteford|Frjohnwhiteford]] 03:45, December 18, 2007 (PST)

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St John Maximovich, in his book, The Orthodox Veneration of the Virgin Mary devotes an entire chapter on why the Sophiology of Sergius Bulgakov is heresy. This heresy is as destructive as the Nestorian Heresy.

The Moscow Patriachate denounced this Sophiology of Sergius Bulgakov as heretical in 1935 according to the Wikipedia and The St Herman Botherhood.

Recent Edits by Nocontinuingcity

If Nocontinuingcity can supplement this article with facts that he can document from reliable sources, that is of course in keeping with the policy of Orthodoxwiki. However, it has to be presented in a way that is in keeping with the MCB policy. Also, you cannot just remove factual statements that you don't like, particularly those for which reliable source references have been provided. You may not like the St. Pachomius Library as a source, but St. John Maximovitch certainly is a reliable source... and he was a contemporary participant in the controversy, and so statements that cite his views on the matter cannot just be white washed, and over written with the opposite views. Frjohnwhiteford 03:32, December 13, 2007 (PST)

Nocontinuingcity has simply restored his original edit, and again white washed all the was here bfore. He also provides a footnote at the beginning of a section that ostensibly covers all that follows, and references serveral works. This makes it difficult to tell what claim is supported by what source, and make future editing problematic. I going to again restore the previous text. Feel free to supplement or correct that text, but do not remove facts that are documented, and provide footnotes that specifically support your assertions, rather than one whopper footnote that spays buck shot on all that follows. Frjohnwhiteford 18:37, December 13, 2007 (PST)

Some Dissent

First, I don't think it is true to say that the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius "devoted itself to the establishment" of a formal union between Orthodox Churches and the Anglican Communion. It included other established Orthodox figures not suspected of Sophiology, such as Vladimir Lossky, an ardent opponent of Sophiology. Second, I don't think that a quotation from St John of Shanghai and San Francisco is an adequate replacement for the material that Fr John has removed. There was a good deal of bibliographic material, as well as a different reading of the matter than Fr John's. I don't think it is simply a "whitewash." Both positions should be represented. --Fr Lev 19:56, December 13, 2007 (PST)

If you would like to rephrase that first statement, that is fine with me. I have no problem with most of the content that was posted, but I do have a problem with removing all the content that was there in the first place, and I also have a problem with an entire essay, that simply has one footnote, that allegedly supports all that follows. Let the person who wishes to post that content work with the content that previously was there... correcting what may be justifiably corrected, supplementing what needs to be supplemented, and footnoting his various assertions with the specific references that support each of those assertions. Frjohnwhiteford 20:07, December 13, 2007 (PST)

I agree with you, Father. --Fr Lev 06:13, December 14, 2007 (PST)

I've reverted Fr. John W.'s edits here, chiefly because he deleted some interesting, useful, and well-referenced (so it seems to me) background information. Fr. John, please feel free to fill out the Synod's argument (in the words of St. John Maximovitch, etc.), but please do so in a way which doesn't destroy what was already here. The basic facts should be pretty readily established. If we need to have two different subsections, arguing pro and con, let's do it. E.g. The legacy of Fr. Bulgakov is still controversial, some argue... while others hold... etc. As always, let's keep away from personal attacks and try to document who said what, where when and why. Many thanks! — FrJohn (talk)
I do not disagree that much of the material that was added was good, but it was poorly referenced... in that it provided one footnote, with a shotgun blast of references, and it is impossible to tell without finding all the needles in the hay stack which reference covers which assertion of fact. Secondly, there was a text here previously. The editor that added this material, simply wiped that out... and I think the burden of working the existing material is on the next editor. I don't think the burden of restoring white washed information should be on anyone else. Frjohnwhiteford 03:45, December 18, 2007 (PST)
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