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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fr. George Florovsky (1893 - 1979)


Online info about Fr. George Florovsky:
http://orthodoxwiki.org/Georges_Florovsky

As seen from the website:
"In 1925, 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 1932, Florovsky was ordained to the priesthood. During the 1930s, 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. The work was received with either enthusiam or condemnation—there was no neutral attitude to it among Russian emigrés. 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.

In 1949, Florovsky moved to New York City to take a position as Dean of St. 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 1953. He was fired as Dean in 1955 1 and thereafter taught at Harvard Divinity School (1956-1964), teaching patristics and Russian religious thought, and later at Princeton (1964-1972), teaching Slavic languages and literatures. He died in 1979."


To read the rest please visit OrthodoxWicki.



Online works of Fr. George Florovsky:
A Criticism of the Lack of Concern for Doctrine Among Russian Orthodox Believers
by Fr. George Florovsky.

Theological Articles of Fr. George Florovsky

The Challenge of Our Time
by Fr. George Florovsky

The collected works of Fr Georges Florovsky

Excerpts from "Christianity and Culture" by Fr. George Florovsky


The Limits of the Church



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