Download Romanity Press’s first installment in the “Breaks and Links” series. This series of short tracts covers various Modern Orthodox theologians as well as related topics. “Philip Sherrard: Orthodox Theosophy and the Reign of Quantity” can be downloaded free at academia.edu (https://www.academia.edu/15352902/James_L._Kelley_PHILIP_SHERRARD_ORTHODOX_THEOSOPHY_AND_THE_REIGN_OF_QUANTITY_Norman_OK_Romanity_Press_2015_) or at scribd.com (https://www.scribd.com/doc/278314269/James-L-Kelley-Philip-Sherrard-Orthodox-Theosophy-and-the-Reign-of-Quantity). The essay’s briefer first part examines the influence of theosophy on Philip Sherrard’s presentation of man’s experience of the sacred, while the lengthier last section analyzes Sherrard’s astute critique of the much-maligned “Western civilization.” Though his early embrace of German Romantic aesthetics led Sherrard to the gravest of errors in his teachings about God, man and creation, his insightful account of Western theological and cultural decline shows him to be, if not an important Orthodox writer, at least a noteworthy anti-Western polemicist.
KEY WORDS: Orthodoxy, Eastern Orthodoxy, Philip Sherrard, Sophiology, Modern Orthodox Theologians, Neopatristic Theology, Gnosticism, Boehme, Behmenism, Met. Kallistos Ware, Romanides, Florovsky, Perennialism, Traditionalism