Georges Florovsky (1893-1979): The Contemporary Theological Relevance of His Patristic Synthesis


19 Jan 2023


2:30pm to 4:30pm


G01 Theology Building, Chung Chi College, CUHK


The Rev. Prof. Philip L. Wickeri

Biography of Speaker:

Advisor to the Archbishop on Theological and Historical Studies
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican)


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Event Details:

The lecture will be conducted in English and Putonghua 

All are welcome. Free admission

Synopsis of Lecture:

Georges Florovsky was the most influential Orthodox theologian and historian of the twentieth century. He was also a leading ecumenist and is regarded as one of the founding spirits of the World Council of Churches. And yet today, forty years after his death, he has been all but forgotten in Protestant and Roman Catholic circles. In this lecture, I will attempt to show the continuing importance of the neo-patristic synthesis of George Florovsky for Christians in Hong Kong today. Florovsky himself distained the idea theological “relevance” and preferred to speak of the “breaks and links” (or “breaches and bonds”) in the tradition of the Church. But, I argue that by grounding himself in the teachings of the church fathers and mothers he offers a unique and irreplaceable approach to Christian thinking in our post-Christian world.