Beyond the Fathers?

commemorativeAlexander Schmemann (1921-1983) taught at St. Vladimir’s from 1951 onward, where he was dean until his death. He wrote:

“Orthodox theology must keep its patristic foundation, but it must also go ‘beyond’ the Fathers if it is to respond to a new situation created by centuries of philosophical development. And in this new synthesis or reconstruction, the Western philosophical tradition…rather than the Hellenic, must supply theology with its conceptual framework. An attempt is thus made to ‘transpose’ theology into a new ‘key’….”

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