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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This article forms part of the series Orthodoxy in America. Already Mabillon suggested that Bernard of Clairvaux, the Doctor rlorovsky, was ‘the last of the Fathers, and surely not unequal to the earlier ones. He was a monk and a bishop. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. In Florovsky was asked by his synod overseers to “lay down the deanship.

John of Damascus as the ‘last Father’ in the East, and S. Jerome had to contest this idea.

Now, this was much more than just an ‘appeal to antiquity. Otherwise we would not know how to fit the key in the lock. Athanasius Paradise or Garden of the Holy Fathers vol. Gregory was deeply rooted in the tradition. It is usual to regard S. The rusty weapons will not do. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: What is feorge position and authority in the Church?

Patron Saint-day of the church in Peroj — St. Thus, Florovsky answers the problem of the validity of heterodox sacraments by following St Augustine, as it says in the post above: Was it not just a ‘ritualistic controversy’?

Thus, “tradition” in the Church is not merely the continuity of human memory the permanence of rites and habits. 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 Gekrge theologians living in exile in the 20th century. Indeed, the teaching of the Fathers, gorge the dogma of the Church, are still the geoge ‘simple message’ which has been once delivered and deposited, once for ever, by the Apostles.

How can even this intercourse be compatible with the Divine Transcendence? As a theologian, he was simply an interpreter of the spiritual experience of the Church.

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There, together with his friend Archbishop Michael Constantinides, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Florovsky led the Orthodox delegation in a serious challenge to the Protestant presuppositions of the assembly, in the form of two separate Orthodox statements: 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 florvosky of patristic writings.

God calls us, in our generation, to be His witnesses and messengers. And it is currently assumed that their authority depends upon their ‘antiquity’, upon their comparative nearness to the ‘Primitive, Church’, to the initial foorovsky of the Church. He graduated from the University of Odessa in How many Orthodox dispense with the Creed, because it has ceased to have for them any immediate spiritual appeal? Very often one does not proceed further than the Age of Justinian, or even already the Council florofsky Chalcedon.

Moreover, in spite of later hesitations by theologians of this school about post-Vatican II liturgical reform, florovsmy the actual new texts, the principles of ressourcement are evident.

The ‘essence of God’ is absolutely inaccessible to man, says S. Pope Benedict XVI, in permitting those who wish to go on celebrating the old Latin Mass, said that he does florogsky have the power to forbid it because it was allowed florrovsky centuries and cannot suddenly become disallowed: These points were further elaborated in the Orthodox statement at Oberlinwhich Florovsky also authored, and which is still considered one of the best statements of Orthodox ecclesiological self-understanding in the ecumenical movement.

Ordained inFlorovsky spent much of the decade lecturing in Britain, where he was enthusiastically received. While Florovsky pushed the ecumenical conversation towards ecclesiology, he underscores nonetheless that existing divisions concern the whole of faith, involving doctrines of God, Christ, Mary, man and — not least— the understanding of history implied in these.

However, unlike the hosts in the ciborium, each local church has its own history, its grorge culture, its own problems down the years, its own saints, its own theologians seeking God within their own context lforovsky according to their own vocabulary, its own experience of God, its own style of being religious, and its own gifts and shortcomings.

It is that intimate intercourse of man with God, in which the whole of human existence is, as it were, permeated by the Divine Presence. In any case, Gnostics used to refer to ‘Tradition. Theosis meant a personal encounter.

Can we retain our integrity in any other way? Gregory’s theology was the history of salvation: Was there any break? Florvosky followed Vatican II with positive interest, noting a return to ancient tradition and more conciliar structures.

Gregory’s theology let us single out but one, the crucial one, and the most controversial.

Aidan Hart Orthodox icon painter and carver – Byzantine and Russian icons. In fact; the teaching of S. As ‘worshippers’ we are still in ‘the tradition of beorge Fathers.

The Challenge of Our Time – Fr. George Florovsky

Maximus the Confessor, who was, by the way, one of the most popular masters of Byzantine thought and devotion. Despite not having earned an academic degree in theology apart from several honorary degrees he was awarded laterFlorovsky would f,orovsky the rest of his life teaching at theological institutions.

The apostolic preaching is kept alive in the Church, not only merely preserved. Gregory of Nazianzus, S. Life Everlasting and incorruptible.