A new book was published by the Volos Academy Publications. It is the Greek translation of Paul Gavrilyuk’s essay Georges Florovsky and the Russian Religious Renaissance. This important and massive research monograph that approaches Florovsky’s life and thought in its historical context was published in English in 2013 by Oxford University Press and has been translated in Greek by the Volos Academy Deputy Director, Nikolaos Asproulis.

In his study, Paul Gavrilyuk probes behind the surface and asks how the shared experiences of deracination and emigration from the Soviet Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution, and how the regular interactions with the western Christian theologians have shaped Florovsky’s diagnosis of the western distortions of modern Orthodox theology. In the Western European context, in which the Orthodox faith was little known and often misunderstood, Florovsky helped to forge the Orthodox theological identity by anchoring it in the Christian Hellenism of the Church Fathers. For Florovsky, the purpose of intellectual history was never purely historical. His studies of the Church Fathers or of The Ways of Russian Theology were an invitation for his contemporaries to examine their own theological assumptions and to acquire a fresh perspective.

What made Georges Florovsky’s call to “return to the Fathers” so distinctive and powerful? How did his neopatristic synthesis become the dominant paradigm of Orthodox theology in the second part of the twentieth century? What are the main building blocks of neopatristic theology and what is the place of Christian Hellenism in Florovsky’s vision? The book attempts to answer to such questions, following Florovsky’s itinerary from his family roots in Odessa till the reception, the critique and the reactions to his thought in the scholar surroundings in America.

Paul L. Gavrilyuk holds the Aquinas Chair in Theology and Philosophy at the Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he studied physics at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Russia (1988-1993). He was one of the first scholars from the former Soviet Union to come to the United States to pursue graduate work in theology. In 2001, he received his doctorate in patristics from the Graduate Program in Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. An Orthodox theologian and historian, Dr. Gavrilyuk specializes in Greek patristics and modern Orthodox theology. His areas of interest also include philosophy of religion, liturgical studies, and ecumenical studies. His books have been translated in more than eight languages. His last book On Christian Leadership: The Letters of Alexander Schmemann and Georges Florovsky , was published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (SVS Press) in New York in 2020. He is also the founding president of the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA), an organization that includes 150 scholars from 30 countries.

The book is distributed by the Volos Academy (Mrs. Clair Nikolaou, +306951978331 and Mrs. Helen Moursa, +306957836737) and is already available in selected bookstores.

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