Mary and Sophia

The Feminine Element in the Spiritual Evolution of Humanity

Michael Debus; Translated by Jutta Teigeler and James Hindes

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  • A fascinating exploration of the connection between Sophia, Wisdom of God, to Mary and Eve
  • Discusses archetypes of the feminine and Sophia's significance to modern, seeking human souls
  • Considers Christian concepts such as creation, sin, death and resurrection in the light of Sophia’s connection to humanity

Considers the connection of Sophia, Wisdom of God, to Mary and Eve, and her ongoing significance for spiritual seekers.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
208 pages
Publication date:
22 Aug 2013


Sophia, the Wisdom of God, has spoken to human beings at many different times and places since primeval times. Her origin in God places her alongside the Logos in cosmic significance while at the same time raising deep questions concerning her role in human evolution. What was her connection to Eve and to Mary? How has she been worshipped in the past and what is our proper relationship to her now?

Michael Debus discusses archetypes of the feminine and Sophia's relationship to Mary, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and most importantly, Sophia's significance for modern, seeking human souls. Written from an anthroposophical perspective, his sources include the Old and New Testaments, the writings of the early church fathers, as well as those of the Orthodox Church (especially Vladimir Solovyov), the Christian mystic Jakob Böhme, and many others.

Basic Christian concepts such as creation, the law, sin, death and resurrection, forgiveness, redemption, and the Christian idea of spiritual evolution in freedom, appear richer and more plausible when seen in the light of Sophia’s connection to humanity

This book compresses a wealth of ideas into a few chapters, and will serve many as a stimulus for further study of the role of the divine feminine in our spiritual striving.


'For those who appreciate depth and clarity, the theological understanding that Michael Debus brings to bear on a mighty and relevant theme, well repays the effort.'
-- New View magazine

'A challenging book.'
-- Perspectives


Michael Debus studied mathematics, physics and philosophy in Tubingen and Erlangen, Germany. He was ordained in the Christian Community and worked as a priest in Stuttgart. Since 1978 he has taught at the seminary of the Christian Community in Stuttgart.

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