Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Philokalian Renaissance

Reading Christos Yannaras’ book Orthodoxy and the West I have identified how Orthodoxy has been affected by Western Christianity during the past two centuries. However, during the 20th century there was a move for a further understanding and examination of Orthodoxy, returning to the examination of the Church Fathers.

This inevitably brought the Philokalian Renaissance, which began in the mid-20th century by ‘Russian theologians of the post-revolutionary diaspora. For the first time since the fourteenth century, the Orthodox recovered their theological self-awareness and identity. This reawakening influenced all European theology, stimulating leading Roman Catholic theologians to study the Greek Fathers and Orthodox worship and art. The “neo-patristic” movement among Roman Catholics found encouragement in the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), but Vatican conservatives soon stifled it. Russian theologians were more influential in Greece, Romania and Serbia, initiating the “theological spring” of the sixties…’ (pp. 127-128).   


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  2. I can't make an informed comment but I very much appreciate the sentiment