Until relatively recently, sophiology was almost entirely ignored by Western theologians. The modern West learned about sophiology from the Russians, the influence of which is palpable in the theological aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar and in the Mariology of Louis Bouyer, to name only the most obvious examples. And yet, as this book shows, sophiology is at its core a Western phenomenon—and perhaps ironically, it was originally a Protestant phenomenon, as its fountainhead is the Silesian Lutheran cobbler Jakob Boehme. Indeed, Fr. Cselényi argues that Boehme’s sophiology provides Catholic (and Orthodox) theology with a courageous and vigorous Mariology, a gift that has been for the most part left unopened.
It is only in the last decade or so that sophiology as such has been taken up with any theological gravitas in the West. Throughout his book, in addition to offering insight into the work of “canonical” sophiologists such as Boehme and the Russians, the author also investigates previously unexplored avenues of sophiological insight in ontotheology, in phenomenology, in the Fathers, and in Scholasticism.