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

19 Jan 2023

Time:2:30pm - 4:30pm


G01 Theology Building, Chung Chi College, CUHK

"I have prepared the lecture as a tribute to my former professor but more importantly as a way we can make use of his Patristic Synthesis for doing theology in Hong Kong today." – by Philip L. Wickeri

The Rev. Prof. Philip L. Wickeri
Prof. Wickeri is internationally renowned scholar in History of Christianity in China. He is Advisor to the Archbishop on Theological and Historical Studies, the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican-Episcopal). He teaches at Ming Hua Theological College and is Adjunct Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California (USA).

The lecture will be conducted in English and Putonghua
All are welcome. Free admission
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Divinity School of Chung Chi College, CUHK
Centre for Christian Studies, CUHK


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.