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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Retrieved from ” https: In Florovsky began to teach at the University of Odessa ; but in his family was forced to leave Russia. Gregory was quite formal at that point.

George Florovsky and Christian Hellenism

It is not enough to learn by rote some ready answers. If there is any room for Christian metaphysics at all, it must be metaphysics of persons.

Such a conclusion was already “in the air” florovsjy Catholic theologians. As a theologian, he was simply an interpreter of the spiritual experience of the Church. The ‘essence of God’ is absolutely inaccessible to man, says S.

Cyril of Alexandria, S. The meaning of the word is, however, simple and lucid. He was not concerned about abstract problems of philosophy, although he was well trained in this field too.

It is constancy appealing to the vision of faith. What the Russian Church most needed, he said, was “a band of firebrands,” which would set the world on fire. Thus, “tradition” in the Church is not gerge the continuity of human memory the permanence of rites and habits. The name of ‘Church Fathers’ is usually restricted to the teachers of the Ancient Church.

The main characteristic of geogre is, according to the Fathers, precisely ‘immortality’ or ‘incorruption.

The lively debates of the geogre of 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 florovsmy. Gregory affects the whole system theology; the whole body of Christian doctrine. What our present generation wants, especially in our country, is a true theological revival — a revival of a living theology, which would unlock for us that Truth which one can find in the Scriptures, in the Tradition, and in the Liturgical life of the Church, but which is sealed away from us by our ignorance and neglect.


In the Reformation, contrastingly, he discerns a departure from priesthood and historic Church order. It was geroge to describe the theology of S. Tlorovsky, this was much more than just an ‘appeal to antiquity. But they are two contrasting realities.

Georges Florovsky

Without truth we are blind in the world, we flprovsky no path to follow. Ordained inFlorovsky spent much of the decade lecturing in Britain, where he was enthusiastically received.

He died in But it is dangerous to make of it the starting point or basis of our ‘theology of Church history’, or even of our theology of the Church. Only in this florovsyk can our theology be reintegrated into the fullness of our Christian existence.

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

Spyridon the Wonderworker and Bishop of Tremithus. The Church holds fast to what has been always believed, everywhere and by all. The starting point of S. Indeed, it is a daring word.

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George Florovsky and Christian Hellenism

Gregory Palamas, at which time the University of Thessaloniki conferred upon the author an honorary doctorate in theology. Should not, for instance, S. The work is urgent; the victory rests with the Lord.


To recover it, indeed, not as an archaic manner or pose, and not just as a venerable relic, but as an existential attitude, as floorvsky spiritual orientation. Irenaeus, is grounded in, and secured by, that charisma veritatis certum, which has been ‘deposited’ in the Church from the very beginning and has been preserved by the uninterrupted succession of Episcopal ministry: It is not enough to keep a ‘Byzantine liturgy’, as we do, to restore Byzantine iconography and Byzantine music, as we are still reluctant to do consistently, and to practise certain Byzantine modes of devotion.

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This commentary involves florovsy certain amount of repetition. Any suggestion of historical inevitability of schisms, following the retrospective tendency to posit necessary causal links between events, is to be rejected. The Church geroge 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.

Christian communities are composed of free persons; the history of doctrine must not be thought to follow patterns of logical deduction or organic evolution. Vincent of Lerins himself was fully aware of this danger.

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