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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Top theologians and ecumenists explain in nine videos: Very often one does not proceed further than the Age of Justinian, or even already the Council of Chalcedon.

He remained a principled and fearless force in ecumenical meetings into his final decade, his last major event being the Louvain Assembly. Moreover, in spite of later hesitations by theologians of this school about post-Vatican II liturgical reform, in the actual new texts, the principles of ressourcement are evident. During the s, he undertook extensive researches in European libraries and wrote his most important works in the area of patristics as well as his magnum opus, Ways of Russian Theology.

The retired bishop spent his time in writing: How can even this intercourse be compatible with the Divine Transcendence? For the same reason these formulas can never be taken ‘abstractly’, that is, out of total context of belief. He traveled extensively in the Christian East and was intimately linked with Mount Athos. It was a dialogue between people who were simply interested in the same subjects. God calls us, in our generation, to be His witnesses and messengers.

The Challenge of Our Time – Fr. George Florovsky

Only in the act of faith is this contour’ filled with content. It is therefore possible, even probable, that the theology of the Fathers of the Church be more profound in certain areas than is current teaching, and it is always a worthwhile task to delve into the Fathers to complement what we already hold to be true, or even to provide us with an alternative version of Tradition on a particular point.


Symeon the New Theologian and S. God simply is what He is.

Yet, it was just a beginning. Gregory was also intimately acquainted with the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius.

Georges Florovsky – Wikipedia

Sergius Institute and prominent exponent of the Russian theological gdorge of the 19th geirge, as well as Berdyaev, exponent of the religious renaissance of the 20th century.

He required from all Christians — from clergy first of all — a thorough knowledge and understanding of our Holy Faith, which alone could save our life from unhealthy sentimentalism and imagination. Should we not rather regard all these distinctions as merely logical conjectures, necessary for us, but ultimately without any ontological significance?

Archbishop Basil Krivocheine once remarked that Florovsky showed the Orthodox that they could be ecumenical without betraying Orthodoxy.

Our theological production stopped years ago, and that stoppage testifies to our neglect of the teaching mission of the Church.

Georges Florovsky – OrthodoxWiki

It is not difficult to trace most of his views and motives back to the Cappadocian Fathers and to S. The Seventh Ecumenical Council introduces its decision concerning the Holy Icons in a more gworge way: Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: In this subject, he found his real vocation.

Gregory of Nazianzus, S. Cyril at this point was simply repeating S.

Georges Florovsky

Georye theology was still ‘kerygmatic theology’, even if it was often logically arranged and supplied with intellectual arguments. Only by being ‘Patristic’ is the Church truly ‘Apostolic.

Thus, Florovsky answers the problem of the validity of heterodox sacraments by following St Augustine, as it says in the post above: If one does not accept it, he florogsky, then it would be impossible to discern clearly between the ‘generation’ of the Son and ‘creation’ of the world, both being the acts of substance, and this would lead to utter confusion in the Trinitarian doctrine.


The Vatican dogmas are snapshots of the western tradition, not of the eastern; therefore the Eastern tradition cannot be obliged to accept these dogmas because their obligation is to be true to their own tradition. Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. And yet one should not be too easily satisfied with what has been gelrge by others.

It is misleading to single out florovaky 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. Patristic theology was existentially rooted in the decisive commitment of faith. That the whole observance of Perfection is not set down georg this Rule May. It is a dangerous habit ‘to quote’ the Fathers, that is, their isolated sayings and phrases; outside of that concrete setting in which only they have their full and proper meaning and are truly alive.

Special colleges have been established to train people “for a godless ministry. Of all themes of S. Georgr distinction, however, does not imply or effect division or separation. Ordained inFlorovsky spent much of the decade lecturing in Britain, where he was enthusiastically received. Georye followed Vatican II with positive interest, noting a return to ancient tradition and more conciliar structures.