Sadly, those initial quotes are the high point of the book so far. (I’m a little less than halfway through.)
The prefaratory dissertation tracing out the history of Christological controversies post-Nicea was interesting, if not immediately helpful (in most regards) to the vast bulk of readers. The material starting from chapter 1 onwards, however, has vacillated between potentially interesting and foofaraw. I want more grounding in my metaphysics; but at best the grounding and connectives for the material so far (whether generally logical or more particularly scriptural) have been suggestive. At best.
Or, putting it another way, it’s written squarely in the style of typical Eastern Orthodox theologizing.
Oh well. I make it a point to read EOx stuff every once in a while anyway, since occasionally they come up with something useful that I can synthesize. I think I may have figured out how to discuss the eternal procession of the Holy Spirit between the First and Second Persons in relation to the Godhead overall, for example, rather than being limited to discussing the procession of the HS in relation between God and Nature. (Bulgakov, being EOx, would doubtless take exception to my application, seeing as it involves the procession being from both Father and Son; but that’s his problem, not mine.)
None of which is going to make sense to you, probably; which also probably sound ironic, given my complaint a moment ago. But the difference is that I’m not writing this as though I’m expecting you to agree with me on it as being true. I’m only giving an example of some help that I’ve gotten so far from Bulgakov (inadvertent though that help may have been), to offset my annoyance with him by mentioning something positive for which I’m grateful to be reading him.
I am still keeping an eye out for some paragraphs equal in quality and applicability to the better ones I’ve quoted so far in this snippet thread; and I still have hope that I’ll see those again, at which time I’ll mark them and report them. Until then, you aren’t missing anything, believe me.