Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Florovsky on Tradition


"Tradition is not a principle striving to restore the past, using the past as a criterion for the present. Such a conception of tradition is rejected by history itself and by the consciousness of the Orthodox Church... Tradition is the constant abiding of the Spirit and not only the memory of words. Tradition is a charismatic, not a historical event"

- Father Georges Florovsky

14 Comments:

Blogger Gabe said...

"Tradition is a gift from the Holy Spirit". Huh. :)

3:00 PM  
Blogger Browler said...

Yikes, Matt, you'll start a war with all your Protestant mates!

7:27 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

Bring it on! (I jest).

I don't think they've got much reason for concern. Everyone knows my affection for my evangelical brethren, and that the main reason I entered the Orthodox Church was to campaign for John Wesley as a universal saint! : ) I make a point to read his Journal and drink a toast to him every May 24th (with 'Presbyterian holy water' nonetheless - approved for 'medicinal' purposes in Wesley's "Primitive Physick"), in commemoration of his 'heartwarming at Aldersgate.' Usually Macallans will do.

Kidding aside, Derek, do these come across as fighting words? I feel like - minus a word or two - this could be Wesley, one of the 17th century Anglican Divines... heck, perhaps even some of the Contintental Reformers. That last bit could be downright Quaker or something - straight out of the Journals of George Fox!

Cool picture of Florovsky, non?

7:48 AM  
Blogger kimberley said...

gabe when did you have time to comment!? aren't you bringing children into the world these days?

he's adorable by the way. and will be adored by the masses.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

I think that must be Friesen : )

9:07 AM  
Blogger kimberley said...

ah yeah... hey gobe.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Gabe said...

Yup Kim, its just Gobe. maybe I should change it. There seem to be many gabe's around lately. I never had this problem before.

3:07 PM  
Blogger kimberley said...

oh don't go changing it...lanteigne's going to be fairly engaged with catching up on sleep so we'll know it's you...our lovely soon to be vancouverite! oh yeah.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

You'll fit in well on the Coast, Gabe.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Browler said...

Well, not exactly fighting words, perhaps, but something of a challenge, for sure!

Tradition = Spirit...

Would like to hear what Deirdre thinks of that! I'll tip her off about the post.

Yes, totally cool picture. Where did you find it?

10:36 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

Ah, just on google images under "Florovsky."

11:01 AM  
Blogger James said...

I do like the picture of Florovsky. (Was this really posted on Wednesday? I didn't see it until Friday. I pride myself on being in the know and fashionable, so this was bruising blow to my ego.)

12:30 PM  
Blogger kimberley said...

leon looks remarkably like putin in that outfit you guys have him dressed in derek. a bit chilly too, maybe cover his ears so he doesn't get a cold, hey?

my friend sasha flew to st.petersberg yesterday to see his dad. if you guys have anything that needs to come to canada, let matthew know and maybe we can arrange a pick up.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Browler said...

I think I'm either going mad or Blogger is messing with me.

Yesterday, I posted something on our blog that disappeared, then reappeared, then disappeared, etc...

And now I discover that a response to Kim here has disappeared! Or maybe I'm the only one who doens't see it?

Anyway, Kim, thanks for the offer. I 'll mention it to Sandra and see if she has any contraband she wants to get to Canada.

As for Leon in his Putin outfit....Remarkable likeness, don't you think?

PS. We've come around to the Russian thinking about dressing one's children properly! (Sandra had to be pulled off many careless mothers when we were in London last month! "Where is his hat???!!!" "Don't you know who cold it is????!!!")

3:15 AM  

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