Paul Evdokimov

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Paul Evdokimov (1901-1970) was a Russian and French theologian, professor of theology at St. Sergius Institute in Paris, and an invited observer to the Second Vatican Council.


Paul Evdokimov was born in St Petersburg on August 2, 1901, the son of an army officer. After serving in the calvalry, he began theological studies prior to the Revolution. Following the Revolution, he and his family escaped and settled in Paris circa 1923. Evdokimov continued his theological studies at St. Sergius Institute, studying with Fr. Sergius Bulgakov and Nikolai Berdyaev. He married Natasha Brunel in 1927.

During WWII, Evdokimov worked with the French Resistance. After the war, his wife Natasha died from cancer. In 1954, he married Tomoko Sakai.

He reposed in Meudon, France, on September 16, 1970.


  • The Sacrament of Love: The Nuptial Mystery in the Light of the Orthodox Tradition (SVS Press, 2011) - ISBN 0881413976. Translation of Le Sacrement de l’amour: Le mystère conjugal à la lumière de la Tradition orthodoxe (1944, revised 1962).
  • The Art of the Icon: A Theology of Beauty (Oakwood, 1993) – ASIN B000MBMJC. Translation of L'Art de l'icône, théologie de la beauté (1970).
  • Woman and the Salvation of the World (SVS Press, 2011) - ISBN 0881418722. Translation of La Femme et le salut du monde (1958).
  • Ages of the Spiritual Life (SVS Press, 1998) - ISBN 0881411752. Translation of Les Ages de la vie spirituelle.
  • Orthodoxy (New City, 2011) - ISBN 1565483693. Translation of L'Orthodoxie (1959).
  • Orthodoxy: The Cosmos Transfigured (Eighth Day Press, 2012) - ISBN 0971748381.


  • Simona Sabou. Trading Silence for Words of Praise: The Status of Woman in Eastern Orthodoxy as Reflected in the Works of Paul Evdokimov (LAP LAMBERT, 2012) - ISBN 3659238309.
  • Olivier Clement. Orient-Occident: Deux passeurs, Vladimir Lossky et Paul Evdokimov (Labor et Fides, 1985) - ISBN 830900375.