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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In this work he questioned the Western-European Christian influences of scholasticismpietismand idealism on Orthodox, and especially Russian, Christian theology, and called for its reformulation in the light of patristic writings. Another dimension was added to our understanding of the Church when the Paris-based Archimandrite Nicolas Afanassieff,looked back into the sources to the post-apostolic fathers, to St Ignatius of Antioch and St Irenaeus, and formulated “eucharistic ecclesiology”.

But the Church is also ‘Patristic.

Almost all his writings, except probably his homilies, were occasional writings. It is usual to regard S. Thus, Sacrosanctum Conciliumthe Vatican II document on the liturgy, would say in its first chapter that the liturgy is the source of all the Church’s powers, which includes Tradition. What we have seen and have heard we announce to you. He made Christian doctrine available for average Christians, for all Christians. From the start, Iakovos insisted there be no separate Orthodox statements as there had been at Evanston.

It was the common conviction of the Greek Fathers. One can quote at length S. Indeed, it was also an age of spiritual renewal. Theologians must ask if they are truly incompatible or only apparently so; whether, even if they are incompatible, the difference has been considered to be sufficiently central to cause a breach of communion or not; or whether the difference simply shows another way of approaching the problem.

It was usual to describe the theology of S. And it is currently assumed that their authority depends upon their ‘antiquity’, upon their comparative nearness to the ‘Primitive, Church’, to the initial ‘Age’ of the Church.


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

Glory to God for All Things. Nor should this unity be understood only eschatologically, for it exists as a continuous historical reality. The term is rather offensive for the modern ear. What is his theological legacy?

Indeed, the teaching of the Fathers, and the dogma of the Church, are still the same ‘simple message’ which geoorge been once delivered and deposited, once for ever, by the Apostles.

Indeed, it is a daring word. 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.

One of his most prominent critics was Nikolai Berdyaev.

He took to his florobsky cell all his books, a selected library from which were not excluded books by Western scholars and secular literature. He was particularly concerned that modern Christian theology might receive inspiration from the lively intellectual debates of the patristic traditions of the undivided Church rather than from later Scholastic or Reformation categories of thought.

He was a good Greek scholar, and he used this knowledge for translations.

If, by its very nature, the Church is a unity in diversity and this is reflected in the multi-form nature of the one ecclesial Tradition, then this implies within a Catholic context that the bishops of the local churches throughout the world represent the diversity of the Church, while the Pope represents the fundamental unity behind the many forms that Catholic Tradition takes in the local churches. Newer Post Older Post Home. Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow.

Of course, this distinction in no way compromises the ‘Divine simplicity’. Maximus, and indeed S. The work is urgent; the victory rests with the Lord.

Georges Florovsky

Without sound doctrinal foundations, reconciliation would prove illusory, and only alienate the faithful. Theophanes began every day with the Divine Liturgy, which he celebrated alone in his tiny domestic chapel, and he would use the inspiration of the daily communion for his scholarly and pastoral work.


It starts with the clear distinction between ‘nature’ and ‘will’ of God. Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, But the protecting veil of Divine Mercy is spread over the suffering Church and the possessed world, and men are called to be Christ’s witnesses: Gregory was quite formal at that point.

In this subject, he found his real vocation. Any suggestion of historical inevitability of schisms, following the retrospective tendency to posit necessary causal links between events, is to be rejected. The article was published by St. It is an eternal key to human unrest, but it needs interpretation. That primacy cannot adequately function without conciliarity, and conciliarity cannot adequately function without primacy, is a theme in Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, and the Catholic Church is taking these conclusions seriously.

Athanasius Paradise or Garden of the Holy Fathers vol.

The Challenge of Our Time – Fr. George Florovsky

Yet, ‘antiquity’ by itself is not an adequate proof of the true faith. Pope Benedict XVI, in permitting those who wish to go on celebrating the old Latin Mass, said that he does not have the power to forbid it because it was allowed for centuries and cannot suddenly become disallowed: His worst anticipations were justified.

Cyril at this point was simply repeating S. 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. News A Bulgarian hierarch speaks out regarding the Phanariot crisis in the Ukraine. The eucharistic assembly, which can trace its teaching and mission to the apostles and shares in the Floovsky Mystery by the power of the Holy Spirit, is the true source of Tradition.