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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Auctores ejusdem opinionis catholici, consectatores vero haeretici judicantur; absolvuntur magistri, condemnantur discipuli; conscriptores librorum filii regni erunt, adsertores vero gehenna suscipiet Commonitorium, cap. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Theophanes was a man of wide learning and experience. Christological formulas are fully meaningful only for those who have encountered the Living Christ, and have received and acknowledged Him as God and Saviour, and are dwelling by faith in Him, in His body, the Church.

Yet Florovsky is clear: Hence, the tradition which expresses the community’s understanding of the faith during the successive generations of its history, starting with its spiritual ancestry from the time of the Apostles, is also a version of the universal Tradition.

Man ever remains what he is, that is -creature. Fr David Bird Me on a good day.

I have been asked to More than 9, people — both civilians and military, have been killed and over 20, have been wounded as a result of the conflict Theophanes did not trust a “residual Christianity. Yet, it was just a beginning. The starting point of S. He traveled extensively in the Christian East and was intimately linked with Mount Athos. This he shows clearly saying, “nature and energy are not the same”.


The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God”. Or, is there no more than an actio in distans? Georges Vasilievich Florovsky Russian: Was it not just a ‘ritualistic controversy’? Gregory himself anticipated the width of implications of his basic distinction. What was allowable before when we lived our common Tradition together cannot become unallowable now, because the Holy Spirit was as present then as He is now.

The Church holds fast to what has been always believed, everywhere and by all. Looking forward, Florovsky held out hope for serious theological work, particularly in light of the increased ecumenical involvement of Roman Catholics. It was the predicament of the Greek impersonalist metaphysics. Iraq makes Florobsky Day an georve nationwide holiday. It is primarily an appeal to holy witnesses.

There are, as it were, two basic stages in the proclamation of the Christian faith.

It is recognised that the petrine ministry has been seen with greater clarity in the West than in florovsmy East, and the 1st Vatican Council made its decisions during the state of schism. Of all themes of S. Yet, ‘antiquity’ by itself is not an adequate proof of the true faith. For this reason the venerable Cyril, showing the difference between God’s essence and energy, says that to generate belongs to the Divine nature, whereas to create belongs to Florovsku Divine energy.


The meaning of the word is, however, simple and lucid. Thus, if God is absolutely ‘unapproachable’ in His essence, and accordingly His essence simply cannot be ‘communicated’, how can theosis be possible at all? What can be done about it.

The ultimate reference was there still to the vision of faith, to spiritual knowledge and experience. Orthodox Monasticism in Patristic and Monastic Studies http: This article forms part of the series Orthodoxy in America. Is this distinction compatible with the ‘simplicity’ of God? I am not sure how conscious Pope Pius XI was folrovsky how different and opposed to the normal Vatican point of view this statement was.

Georges Florovsky

Geoege the critics were Bulgakov, the head of the St. Now, we have reached the crucial point. As a matter of fact, S.

So much has been left not done by us.

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

Without sound doctrinal foundations, reconciliation would prove illusory, and only alienate the faithful. But the Church is also ‘Patristic.

Indeed, it was also an age of spiritual renewal. John of Damascus, these actions or ‘energies’ of God are the true revelation of God Himself: God’s Being is simple, and in Him even all attributes coincide. In this sense, the teaching of the Fathers is a permanent category of Christian existence, a constant and flkrovsky measure and criterion of right faith.