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Georges Florovsky

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In 1932, Florovsky was [[ordination|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 {{ref|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.
== Works ==
*[http://www.krotov.info/engl/berdyaev/1937_424.html Nikolai Berdyaev, Ortodoksia and Humanness], 1937, Critique of Florovsky's ''Ways of the Russian Theology''
*[http://jbburnett.com/resources/florovsky/ Free PDFs of some of Georges Florovsky's writings] More: [http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/fathers_florovsky_1.htm], [http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/fathers_florovsky_2.htm], [http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/fathers_florovsky_3.htm], [http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/fathers_florovsky_4.htm]
 
==Reference==
*{{note|1}} Andrew Blane, ed., George Florovsky--Russian Intellectual and Orthodox Churchman (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1993), pp.109ff.
[[Category:Modern Writers]]

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