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Sergey Bulgakov and the Spirit of Capitalism

Status Quaestionis

Abstract

This English translation of Fr. Sergey Bulgakov’s The National Economy and the Religious Personality (1909) makes available the first Orthodox Christian response to Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. This piece is of ultimate importance for the contemporary understanding of Orthodox faith, its history at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the intellectual evolution of Bulgakov himself. The work in this short essay was the author’s first step toward becoming “arguably the twentieth century’s greatest Orthodox theologian.”

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