Saturday, 4 February 2017

Sophia and the Machine God

If I may be forgiven my irreverance, I can't help feeling reminded of the science fiction game Warhammer 40,000 when I read about the concept of Sophia in Vladimir Soloviev and Sergius Bulgakov.

In the grim darkness of the 41st millennium, the Adeptus Mechanicus, a kind of religious community devoted to science, is the technological and industrial arm of the Imperium of Man. The Adeptus Mechanicus worships a deity they call the Machine God, also known as the Omnissiah. The Machine God represents the essence of human knowledge and wisdom. This religion stands in contrast with the rest of the Imperium, which worships the Emperor of Mankind as divine. To maintain the symphony of state and industry, the Adeptus Mechanicus maintains that the Emperor is the human incarnation of the Machine God.

The idea of wisdom and knowledge being embodied in a human person is what puts me in mind of Bulgakov's Sophiology. In different ways, both the Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary are manifestations of Sophia, which is the essence of God's beauty, love and goodness revealed in creation.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God become flesh, the revelation of God manifest in humanity. The entire universe was created by Him and for Him and all of creation will be completed and fulfilled in Him. In Christ we see the fulness of God, his love, wisdom and righteousness in human form.

If the universe is created for Christ, then the existence of Mary is a precondition of the universe. The Mother of God is therefore in a fuller sense than Eve, the Mother of all Living. She is the very blueprint of motherhood and the embodiment of the Eternal Feminine. The Holy Spirit prepared her and dwelt in her, realizing in and manifesting in her the ancient truth of Lady Wisdom.

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