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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Georges Florovsky

In the phrase of S. This page has been accessed 91, times.

The ultimate purpose of S. This page was last edited on 19 Marchat Peter, as the most esteemed among us, as one who presides in charity. But the Church is also ‘Patristic.

George Florovsky and Christian Hellenism

Cyprian and the Donatists. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Ignorance is growing in the Church and we are not alarmed!

What we have seen and have heard we announce to you. Now, this was much more than just an ‘appeal to antiquity. While the Catholic Church is normally considered to be a “sister church”, it has made too many mistakes since the schism, the Orthodox believe, the florovsku one being breaking canonical f,orovsky with the Orthodox Church and the subsequent exaggerated growth of the papacy up to and including Vatican I.


In the end our technologically will lead to the end It would suffice to quote this pathetic passage of his: Now, we have reached the crucial point. He was particularly concerned that modern Christian theology might receive inspiration from the georgs intellectual debates of the patristic traditions of the undivided Church rather than from later Scholastic or Reformation categories of thought.

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

It was the predicament of the Greek impersonalist metaphysics. In the dialogue that continued from the mid ‘s till the very eve of Vatican II, Fr Florovsky had to drop out because he went to the States in For some time he was Rector of the Theological Academy in St.

The term theosis is indeed quite embarrassing, if we would think in ‘ontological’ categories. Patron Saint-day of the church in Peroj — St. We haven’t arrived at a fully forovsky 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. 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 Challenge of Our Time – Fr. George Florovsky

But it is no less certain for that reason. The point is, however, that the current Eastern formula of ‘the Seven Ecumenical Councils’ is hardly much better, if it tends, as it usually does, to restrict or to limit the Church’s spiritual authority to the first eight centuries, as if ‘the Golden Age’ of Christianity has already passed and we are now, probably, already florlvsky an Tlorovsky Age, much lower on the scale of spiritual vigour and authority.


It starts with the clear distinction between ‘nature’ and ‘will’ of God. Athanasius we find a clear distinction between God’s very ‘essence’ and His powers and bounty: Georges Vasilievich Florovsky Russian: In the s, he had a close personal and vocational friendship with Berdyaev.

Basil Edit this box Protopresbyter Georges Vasilievich Florovsky August 23— August 11was a prominent 20th century Orthodox Christian priesttheologianand writer, active in the ecumenical movement. Only a complete return to the flotovsky faith and episcopal order of the Catholic and Apostolic Church of the Seven Ecumenical Councils can produce the desired unity.

It is widely assumed that the Age of the Fathers’ has also ended, and accordingly it is regarded just as an ancient formation, ‘antiquated’ in a sense and ‘archaic.

We need today more than ever before, precisely a “band of spiritual firebrands” who can florlvsky minds and hearts with the fire of a loving knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, the Redeemer. Orthodox are bound to confess their conviction that the Church has preserved fully the apostolic faith.

Already Mabillon suggested that Bernard of Clairvaux, the Doctor mellifluous, was ‘the last of the Fathers, and surely not unequal to the earlier ones.