Archpriest Georges Vasilievich Florovsky September 9, —August 11, was born in Odessa as the fourth child of an Orthodox priest. Inspired by the erudite environment in which he grew up, he learned English, German, French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew while still a schoolboy. At eighteen, he started to study philosophy and history. After his first graduation, he taught for three years at high schools in Odessa and then made his full graduation including the licensia docendi at all universities in the Russian empire.
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In the s, he had a close personal and vocational friendship with Berdyaev. The two became somewhat more distanced in later years, largely through Berdyaev not understanding Florovsky's entering Holy Orders , and also through Florovsky's critical attitude towards Berdyaev's philosophy of religion in Ways of Russian Theology. In , Florovsky was appointed professor for patristics at the St.
Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. In this subject, he found his real vocation. Patristics became for him the benchmark for Orthodox theology and exegesis , as well as a source for many of his contributions and critiques of the ecumenical movement. Despite not having earned an academic degree in theology apart from several honorary degrees he was awarded later , Florovsky would spend the rest of his life teaching at theological institutions.
In , Florovsky was ordained to the priesthood. During the s, he undertook extensive researches in European libraries and wrote his most important works in the area of patristics as well as his magnum opus, Ways of Russian Theology. 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 light of patristic writings.
Among the critics were Bulgakov, the head of the St. Sergius Institute and prominent exponent of the Russian theological tradition of the 19th century, as well as Berdyaev, exponent of the religious renaissance of the 20th century. Vladimir's Seminary. Florovsky's oversight of the development of the theological curriculum led to the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York granting the Seminary an Absolute Charter in In Florovsky was asked by his synod overseers to "lay down the deanship.
He died in The dates recorded above are the dates of publication in the collected works, not the date of original publications. The series of Florovsky's collected works was published by Nordland Publishing Co. Such theology was an academic discipline, and was always elaborated according to the same western 'textbooks. In this newly sought Orthodox synthesis, the centuries-old experience of the Catholic West must be studied and diagnosed by Orthodox theology with greater care and sympathy than has been the case up to now… The Orthodox theologian must also offer his own testimony to this world—a testimony arising from the inner memory of the Church—and resolve the question with his historical findings.
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Orthodox Catholic Church Brotherhood of St. Basil Edit this box Protopresbyter Georges Vasilievich Florovsky August 23 , — August 11 , was a prominent 20th century Orthodox Christian priest , theologian , and writer, active in the ecumenical movement. His writing is known for its clear, profound style, covering subjects on nearly every aspect of Church life. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account. Namespaces Page Discussion. Views Read View source View history.
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In the s, he had a close personal and vocational friendship with Berdyaev. The two became somewhat more distanced in later years, largely through Berdyaev not understanding Florovsky's entering Holy Orders , and also through Florovsky's critical attitude towards Berdyaev's philosophy of religion in Ways of Russian Theology. In , Florovsky was appointed professor for patristics at the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. In this subject, he found his real vocation.
International Conference on the Theological Legacy of Archpriest George Florovsky
It is with gratefulness to God and relief that Orthodox Ethos is finally able to publish in the English language the following exceptional lecture by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich on the well-known and well-utilized article "On the Limits of the Church" by the ever-memorable patristic scholar and Orthodox Theologian, Fr. George Florovsky. For years, since shortly after its publication in the Greek Journal Theologia, we had seen the importance and need for a translation of this lecture for our English-speaking brethren. We are indebted to our friend and associate Nicholas Pantelopoulos for this excellent translation, which we know will be of great interest to many who have been confused or misled as to the Orthodox teaching on the nature and boundaries of the Church. Bishop Athanasius' contribution to the inter-Orthodox exchange on the proper understanding of the nature of the unity and boundaries of the Church is sure to be received with gratefulness by many and anguish by a few, but with interest by all.