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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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George Florovsky – St Gregory Palamas and the Tradition of the Fathers

Gregory was also intimately acquainted with the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius. He took to his monastic cell all his books, a selected library from which were not excluded books by Western scholars and secular literature. The series of Florovsky’s collected works was published by Nordland Publishing Co. The Catholic Church, for its part, normally considers that the Orthodox are in schism, even though they would say that the sin of schism was shared by both parties.

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.

There should be no restriction at all.

The lively debates of the thinkers vlorovsky the early Church became for him a benchmark for Christian theology and exegesisas well as a base for his critique of the ecumenical movement, and despite his not having earned an academic degree in theology he was later awarded several honorary degrees he would spend the rest of his life teaching at theological institutions.


He required from all Christians — from clergy first of all — a thorough knowledge and understanding florovxky our Holy Faith, which alone could save our life from unhealthy sentimentalism and imagination.

We need today more than ever before, precisely a “band of spiritual firebrands” who can inflame minds and hearts with the fire of geoege loving knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, the Redeemer. In his retirement, as a “recluse,” he was more influential than he could ever have been as administrator of a worldly diocese.

On the other hand, theology of this type is always, as it were, ‘propaideutic’, since its ultimate aim and purpose is to ascertain and to acknowledge the Mystery of the Living God, and indeed to bear witness to it, in word and deed.

Special colleges have been established to train people “for a godless ministry.

Looking forward, Florovsky held out hope for serious theological work, particularly in light of the increased ecumenical involvement of Roman Catholics. Dominus, Ego sum, inquit, veritas. He was a monk and a bishop.

In the phrase of S. Irenaeus as a ‘theology of facts’.

The Challenge of Our Time – Fr. George Florovsky

Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Afanassieff said that the whole universal Church is not the sum of its parts diocesesbut is mystically present in all its parts, because each part is the body of Christ which cannot be divided: VIII,Supplementary issue: Ignorance is growing in the Church and we are not alarmed!

In this sense, we are bound to say, ‘the Age of the Fathers’ still continues in ‘the Worshipping Church.


What can be done about it. There is a certain ‘necessity’ in the Divine Being, indeed not a necessity of compulsion, and no fatum, but a necessity of being itself.

In he became professor of patristics at the St. In Florovsky was ordained priest of the Orthodox Church. But God’s will is eminently free. Orthodox responsibility to the Christian world makes ecumenical witness imperative. Agreement in truth requires conversion, response to a divine gift. One of his most prominent critics was Nikolai Berdyaev. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account.

Thus, Florovsky answers the problem of the validity of heterodox sacraments by following St Augustine, as it says in the post above: We haven’t arrived at a fully balanced ecclesiology yet, either in theory or in practice; but we are getting there; and one of the people we have to thank is Father George Florovski and the other Russian theologians living in exile in the 20th century.

Intercommunion without full unity in faith is impossible. John of Damascus as the ‘last Father’ in the East, and S. The two became somewhat more distanced in later years, largely through Berdyaev not understanding Florovsky’s entering Holy Ordersand also through Florovsky’s critical attitude towards Berdyaev’s philosophy of religion in Ways of Russian Theology. Such synthesis presumes discrimination: