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Georges Florovsky and the Russian Religious Renaissance

Paul L. Gavrilyuk


Georges Florovsky is the mastermind of a “return to the Church Fathers” in twentieth-century Orthodox theology. His theological vision—the neopatristic synthesis—became the main paradigm of Orthodox theology and the golden standard of Eastern Orthodox identity in the West. Focusing on Florovsky’s European period (1920–1948), this study analyzes how Florovsky’s evolving interpretation of Russian religious thought, particularly Vladimir Solovyov and Sergius Bulgakov, informed his approach to patristic sources. Paul Gavrilyuk offers a new reading of Florovsky’s neopatristic theology, by closely c ... More

Keywords: Renaissance, Florovsky, Neopatristic synthesis, Vladimir Solovyov, Sergius Bulgakov, Pavel Florensky, Berdyaev, Christian Hellenism, pseudomorphosis, Russian Religious Renaissance, Personalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul L. Gavrilyuk, author
Aquinas Chair in Theology and Philosophy, University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota