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The Challenge of Our Time – Fr. George Florovsky. The great Russian bishop of the last century, Theophanes “The Recluse” (d. ), in one of his pastoral. Candidate, University of Oxford, UK speaks on “George Florovsky and Christian Hellenism.” Read about the seminar on the St. Vladimir’s. Fr. George Florovsky Resource Page. About Georges Vasilievich Florovsky: Philosopher of the Orthodox World (1 of 8) · Georges Vasilievich.

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Yet, the Church remained fully alive also after Nicea and Chalcedon.

George Florovsky and Christian Hellenism

These points were further elaborated in the Orthodox geoege at Oberlinwhich Florovsky also authored, and which is still considered georeg of the best statements of Orthodox ecclesiological self-understanding in the ecumenical movement.

Actually, the whole teaching of S. This identity, since the apostolic times, is the most conspicuous sign and token of right faith-always the same. Symeon the New Theologian and S. But the Fathers were thinking in ‘personal’ terms, and the mystery of personal communion was involved at this point. One has to go to the very roots of this traditional ‘piety’, and to recover the ‘Patristic mind.

Indeed, it is a daring word. I am not sure how conscious Pope Pius XI florobsky of how different and opposed to the normal Vatican point of florovksy this statement was.

More than 9, people — both civilians and military, have been killed and over 20, have been wounded as a result of the conflict Gregory of Nyssa, S. Gregory Palamas are simply left out, and the great Hesychast Councils of the fourteenth century are ignored and forgotten.

Gregory was definitely opposed to all kinds of ‘essentialist theologies’ which fail to account for God’s freedom, for the dynamism of God’s will, for the reality of Divine action. The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things.


The authority of its compiler, S. In this massive work, he questioned the Western influences of scholasticism, pietism, and idealism on Russian theology and called for a re-evaluation of Russian theology in the light of patristic writings.

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The term theosis is indeed quite embarrassing, if we would think in ‘ontological’ categories. In he became professor of patristics at the St.

We are prepared, now more than only a few decades ago, to admit the perennial authority of ‘the Fathers’, especially since the revival of Patristic studies in the West. Now, this was much more than just an ‘appeal to antiquity.

August 28], — August 11, was an Orthodox Christian priesttheologianhistorian and ecumenist. Under Augustinian presuppositions the teaching of S.

Gregory should be described in modern terms as an ‘existentialist theology’. Indeed, it was also an age of spiritual renewal.

The Creed is charged with an eternal and loving Truth. We need today more than ever before, precisely a “band of spiritual firebrands” who can inflame minds and hearts with the fire of a loving knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, the Redeemer. In fact, however, this idea of ‘decrease’ has strongly affected geofge modern theological thinking.

Among the critics were Bulgakov, the head of the St. This page has been accessed 91, times. Only the word theosis can render adequately the uniqueness of the promise and offer.

The Challenge of Our Time – Fr. George Florovsky

Yet Florovsky is clear: He wanted to know the world to which he had to bring the message of salvation. It is not difficult to trace most of his views and motives back to the Cappadocian Fathers and to S. This mysterious mode of Divine Presence, in spite of the absolute transcendence of the Divine Essence, passes all understanding. The Seventh Ecumenical Council introduces its decision concerning the Holy Icons in a more elaborate florovaky Gregory the Dialogos or Isidore of Seville as ‘the last’ in the West.


Already Mabillon suggested that Bernard of Clairvaux, the Doctor mellifluous, was ‘the last of the Fathers, and surely not unequal to the earlier ones. That the whole observance of Perfection is not set down in this Rule May. In the phrase of S. He graduated from the University of Odessa in It is misleading to single out particular statements of the Fathers and to detach them from the total perspective in which they have been actually uttered, just as it is misleading to manipulate with detached quotations from the Scripture.

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But he is promised and granted, in Christ Jesus, the Word made man, an intimate sharing in what is Divine: The common claim of the Eastern Fathers was that in his devotional ascent man actually encounters God and beholds His eternal Glory. Should we not recover ‘the mind of the Fathers’ also in our theological thinking and teaching? The impact of Theophanes’ writings on the life of the Russian Church was enormous. The work is urgent; the victory rests with the Lord.

When there is ignorance of this sort it means that in dialogue, which I am entirely in favor of, these individuals do not represent Protestantism, or Orthodoxy, or Rome at all, but rather their own stupidities. This tradition, according of S. Florovaky are occasional books, often of modest quality, and rarely on the most urgent or basic subjects.