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DOI 10.12887/34-2021-2-134-08

Dymitr ROMANOWSKI, A Return to the Fathers and a Dialogue with the Spirit of the Times: Georgiy Florovsky’s Theological Hermeneutics

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The article addresses the problem of theological hermeneutics, as seen by Georgiy Florovsky, and discusses, from that perspective, his appeal for the return to the teachings of the Church Fathers. Florovsky does not call for repeating or imitating the past, but for developing Christian thought in a creative way and engaging in a creative dialogue with the spirit of the times. The early 20th-century revival of scholasticism was of similar nature: while being an expression of the wish to revert to the golden age of scholasticism, the movement in question also referred to St. Thomas Aquinas’s ability to draw on achievements of the humanities. The central idea of Florovsky’s theology is his interpretation of the Revelation as an event, i.e., as establishing a relationship between two subjects. In his view, faith is based on the primary experience of reality and, at the same time, on the personal encounter with God through his words and acts. The philosophical grounding for Florovsky’s theological thought is the metaphysics of history which involves such fundamental categories as event, person, dialogue, encounter, and communication.

Translated by Patrycja Mikulska

Keywords: history, person, dialogue, Church

Contact: Kontakt: Instytut Rosji i Europy Wschodniej, Wydział Studiów Międzynarodowych i Politycznych, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, ul. Władysława Reymonta 4, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
E-mail: dymitr.romanowski@uj.edu.pl

  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. e-ISSN 2720-5355
  3. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 100.00
  4. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887