DOI: https://doi.org/10.29357/2521-179X.2020.24.6

THE ROLE OF TRADITION IN THE THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH ACCORDING TO V.N.LOSSKY

Eduard A. Sablon Leiva LEIVA

Abstract


Vladimir N. Lossky’s concept of “Tradition” is quite complex and difficult to synthesize. He was more inclined to describe Tradition than define it, under the conviction that the Tradition of the Church could not be fully expressed by any dogmatic definition. Nor could it be expressed by word per se, or even by silence (“dumb” words) – yet one could “touch” it, live in it mystically within the Church. This Tradition, as Lossky contemplated it, is something dynamic, the very life of the Holy Spirit within the Church. The nature of living Tradition is an indescribable mystery that cannot be comprehended rationally as a set of propositions.

According to this concept, Scripture may be rightly interpreted only with the assistance of the Holy Spirit and within the Church, i.e. in the light of Tradition. Interpretation of Scripture fully depends upon and should always be consistent with the experience of the Church. Rather than being the propositional content of revelation, this Tradition is a penetrating light by means of which man can perceive the truth. Only by this light can one understand the essence of Church traditions, including Sacred Scripture. Tradition not only led to the final shape of Scripture, but also determined the limitations of its understanding.

It may be said that certain of Lossky’s views are valuable to modern Evangelical Christians. Among these is, first of all, the fundamental recognition of God as the only and infallible source of revelation. Also, Lossky emphasized the natural, vital, necessary connection between practicing theology, or studying the Holy Scripture, and a deep spiritual knowledge of God – otherwise, it is not real theology at all. Further, Lossky’s view is instructive in that it throws light on the Church’s inextricable place in the whole matter of knowing God. It is in the Church that a person learns the truth and learns to correctly understand the essence of Scripture. The last thing to note is that Lossky’s theological method in general, and his concept of Tradition in particular, emphasize the greatness, infinity and transcendency of God’s supernal being. 


Keywords


the theology of Vladimir N. Lossky, tradition, the relationship between Tradition and Scripture, mysticism

References


БИБЛИО ГРАФИЯ

Архимандрит Софроний (Сахаров). Переписка с протоиереем Георгием Флоровским, изд. 1-е. Свято-Иоанно-Предтеченский Монастырь, 2008.

Бердяев, Н. А. «Истина Православия». Вестник русского западноевропейского Патриаршего Экзархата 11 (1952): 4–11.

Ведерников, А. В. «Владимир Лосский и его богословие». Богословские труды 8 (1972): 215–230.

Гаврилюк, Павел. Георгий Флоровский и религиозно-философский ренессанс. К.: Дух і літера, 2017.

Гарт, Девід Бентлі. «Міф схизми». Наукові записки УКУ, число V.: Богослов’я, випуск 2 (2015): 375–90.

Давыденков, Олег. Догматическое богословие: учебное пособие. Москва: Издательство ПСТГУ, 2013.

Завійський, Роман. «Вплив католицької думки на православну неопатристику Георгія Флоровського та Володимира Лоського». Філософська думка. Sententiae.

Спецвипуск IV: Герменевтика традиції та сучасності у теології та філософії 4 (2013): 74–83.

Лосский, В. Н. «Александрия». В Боговидение, 344–68. Москва: ACT, 2006.

Лосский, В. Н. «Боговидение». В Боговидение, 311–452. Москва: ACT, 2006.

Лосский, В. Н. «Богословие образа». В Боговидение, 657–71. Москва: ACT, 2006.

Лосский, В. Н. «Всесвятая». В Боговидение, 721–34. Москва: ACT, 2006.

Лосский, В. Н. «Очерк мистического богословия Восточной Церкви». В Боговидение, 111–308. М.: ACT, 2006.

Лосский, В. Н. Очерк мистического богословия Восточной Церкви. Москва, 1991.

Лосский, В. Н. «Предание и предания». В Боговидение, 671–98. Москва: ACT, 2006.

Лосский, Николай O. Воспоминания: жизнь и философский путь. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1968.

Медведев, Николай. Бог и человек по богословию В. Н. Лосского. Рим: Riproduzione Anastatica TIP. P. U. G., 1979.

Преосвященнейший Артемий (Кищенко), сост. Введение в православное богословие: учеб.-метод. пособие, 2-е изд. Минск: Зорны Верасок, 2011.

Савкевич, М. «Учение Стефана Яворского и Феофана Прокоповича о Священном Предании». Вера и разум: Журнал богословско-философский 4, кн. 2 (февраль, 1893): 163–198.

Стилианопулос, Теодор. Новый Завет: православная перспектива. Писание, предание, герменевтика. Серия «Современная библеистика». Mосква: Библейскобогословский институт св. апостола Андрея, 2008.

Уильямс, Роуэн. Богословие В. Н. Лосского: изложение и критика, пер. с англ. К.: Дух i літеpa, 2009.

Флоровский, Протоиерей Георгий. «Владимир Лосский. Очерк мистического богословия Восточной Церкви». В Свидетельство Истины. Сборник статей, СПб.: Духовное наследие, 2017), 394–96.

Allchin, A. M. The Kingdom of Love and Knowledge: The Encounter between Orthodoxy and the West. New York: Seabury Press, 1982, 1979.

Brüning, Alfons. “’Tradition and Traditions’ – Relating Gadamer’s ‘Truth and Method’ to Russian Orthodox Theology.” Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 66 no. 1-2 (2014):

–90.

Clapsis, Emmanuel. Orthodoxy in Conversation: Orthodox Ecumenical Engagements. Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches, 2000.

Gavrilyuk, Paul L. “Vladimir Lossky’s Reception of Georges Florovsky’s Neo-Patristic Theology.” In A Celebration of Living Theology: A Festschrift in Honour of Andrew Louth,

eds. Justin A. Mihoc and Leonard-Daniel Aldea, T&T Clark Theology, 191–202. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

Gavrilyuk, Paul L. Georges Florovsky and the Russian Religious Renaissance. Changing Paradigms in Historical and Systematic Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press,

, Fairbairn, Donald. Eastern Orthodoxy through Western Eyes. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

Florovsky, George. “Revelation, Philosophy and Theology.” In Creation and Redemption. Vol. 3 of the Collected Works of Georges Florovsky, 21–40. Belmont, MA: Nordland Pub. Co., 1976.

Hart, David Bentley. “The Myth of Schism.” In Ecumenism Today: The Universal Church in the 21st Century, eds. Francesca Aran Murphy, and Christopher Asprey, 95–106. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing House, 2008.

Ladouceur, Paul. “Vladimir Lossky.” in Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism: Resources for Theological Education, Regnum Studies in Global Christianity, eds. Pantelis Kalaitzidis,

Thomas Fitzgerald, Cyril Hovorun, Aikaterini Pekridou, Nikolaos Asproulis, Guy Liagre, and Dietrich Werner, 258–62. Oxford: Regum Books International, 2014.

Lossky, Vladimir. “Tradition and Traditions.” In In the Image and Likeness of God. Crestwood, N. Y.: St. Vladimir, 1974.

Negrov, Alexander I. Biblical Interpretation in the Russian Orthodox Church: A Historical and Hermeneutical Perspective. Tubingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2008.

Ouspensky, Leonide and Vladimir Lossky. “La Tradition et les Traditions.” Dans Le sens des icônes. Paris: Cerf, 2003.

Williams, Daniel H. Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalism: A Primer for Suspicious Protestants. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 1999.

Bibliography

Аrkhimаndrit Sоfrоniĭ (Sаkhаrоv). Pеrеpiskа s prоtоiеrеем Gеоrgiеm Flоrоvskim, izd. 1-е. Sv͡iatо-Iоannо-Prеdtеchеnskiĭ Mоnаstyr’, 2008.

Berd͡iaev, N. А. «Istina Pravoslavi͡ia». Vestnik russkogo zapadnoevropeĭskogo Patriarshego Лkzarkhata 11 (1952): 4–11. Vеdеrnikоv, А. V. «Vlаdimir Losskiĭ i еgо bоgоslоvieе». Bоgоslоvskie trudy 8 (1972): 215–230.

Gаvril͡iuk, Pаvеl. Gеоrgiĭ Florоvskiĭ i rеligiоznо-filоsоfskiĭ rеnеssаnсs. К.: Dukh і litеrа, 2017.

Hаrt, Dеvid Bеntlі. «Mіf skhyzmy». Nаukоvі zаpysкky UKU, chuslо V.: Bоhоslov’͡ia, vypusk 2 (2015): 375–90.

Dаvydеnkоv, Оlеg. Dоgmаtichеskое bоgоslоviе: uchеbnое pоsоbiе. Моskvа: Izdаtеl’stvо ПSTGU, 2013.

Zаvyĭs’kyĭ, Rоmаn. «Vplyv kаtоly͡ts’kої dumky nа prаvоslаvnu neоpаtrystyku Gеоrgі͡ia Flоrоvs’kоgо tа Vоlоyиmyrа Lоs’kоgо». Fіlоsоfs’kа dumkа. Sententiae. Spеt͡svypusk IV: Gеrmеnеvтtykа trаdyt͡sії tа suchаsnоstі u tеоlоgiї tа fіlоsоfії 4 (2013): 74–83.

Losskiĭ, V. N. «Аleksandri͡ia». V Bogovidenie, 344–68. Мoskva: AST, 2006.

Losskiĭ, V. N. «Bogovidenie». V Bogovidenie, 311–452. Мoskva: AST, 2006.

Losskiĭ, V. N. «Bogoslovie obraza». V Bogovidenie, 657–71. Мoskva: AST, 2006.

Losskiĭ, V. N. «Vsesv͡iata͡ia». V Bogovidenie, 721–34. Мoskva: AST, 2006.

Losskiĭ, V. N. «Оchеrk mistichеskоgо bоgоslоvii͡ a Vоstоchnоĭ T͡ Sеrkvi». V Bogоvidеniе, 111–308. М.: AST, 2006.

Losskiĭ, V. N. Оchеrk mistichеskоgо bоgоslоvi͡ia Vоstоchnоĭ T͡ Sеrkvi. Мoskva, 1991.

Losskiĭ, V. N. «Predanie i predanii͡a». V Bogovidenie, 671–98. Мoskva: AST, 2006.

Losskiĭ, N. O. Vоspоminаnii͡ a: z͡ hizn’ i filоsоfskiy put’. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1968.

Медведев, Николай. Бог и человек по богословию В. Н. Лосского. Рим: Riproduzione Anastatica TIP. P. U. G., 1979.

Prеоsv͡iashchеnnеĭshiĭ Аrtеmiĭ (Kishchеnkо), sоst. Vvеdeniе v prаvоslаvnое bоgоslоviе: uchеb.-mеtоd. pоsоbiе, 2-е izd. Minsk: Zоrny Vеrаsоk, 2011.

Sаvkеvich, М. «Uchеniе Stеfаnа I͡avоrskоgо i Fеоfаnа Prоkоpоvichа о Svi͡ashchеnnom Prеdаnii». Vеrа i rаzum: Z͡hurnаl bоgоslоvсskо-filоsоfskiĭ 4, kn. 2 (fеvrаl’, 1893): 163–

Stilianopolos, Теоdor. Noviĭ Zavet: Pravoslavna͡ia perspektiva: Pisanie, predanie, germenevtika. Мoskva: BBI, 2008.

Uil’ i͡ams, Rоuen. Bоgоslоviе V. N. Lоsskоgо: izlоz͡hеniе i kritikа, pеr. s аngl. К.: Dukh i lіtеra, 2009.

Flоrоvskiĭ, Prоtоiеrеиĭ Gеоrgiĭ. «Vlаdimir Losskiĭ. «Оchеrk mistichеskоgо bоgоslоvii͡a Vоstоchnоĭ T͡Sеrkvi». V Svidеtеl’stvо Istiиny. Sbоrnik stаtеĭ, CPb.: Dukhоvnое

nаslediе, 2017), 394–96.

Allchin, A. M. The Kingdom of Love and Knowledge: The Encounter between Orthodoxy and the West. New York: Seabury Press, 1982, 1979.

Brüning, Alfons. “’Tradition and Traditions’ – Relating Gadamer’s ‘Truth and Method’ to Russian Orthodox Theology.” Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 66 no. 1-2 (2014):

–90.

Clapsis, Emmanuel. Orthodoxy in Conversation: Orthodox Ecumenical Engagements. Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches, 2000.

Gavrilyuk, Paul L. “Vladimir Lossky’s Reception of Georges Florovsky’s Neo-Patristic Theology.” In A Celebration of Living Theology: A Festschrift in Honour of Andrew

Louth, eds. Justin A. Mihoc and Leonard-Daniel Aldea, T&T Clark Theology, 191–202. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

Gavrilyuk, Paul L. Georges Florovsky and the Russian Religious Renaissance. Changing Paradigms in Historical and Systematic Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015),

Fairbairn, Donald. Eastern Orthodoxy through Western Eyes. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

Florovsky, George. “Revelation, Philosophy and Theology.” In Creation and Redemption. Vol. 3 of the Collected Works of Georges Florovsky, 21–40. Belmont, MA: Nordland

Pub. Co., 1976.

Hart, David Bentley. “The Myth of Schism.” In Ecumenism Today: The Universal Church in the 21st Century, eds. Francesca Aran Murphy, and Christopher Asprey, 95–106.

Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing House, 2008.

Ladouceur, Paul. “Vladimir Lossky.” in Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism: Resources for Theological Education, Regnum Studies in Global Christianity, eds. Pantelis Kalaitzidis,

Thomas Fitzgerald, Cyril Hovorun, Aikaterini Pekridou, Nikolaos Asproulis, Guy Liagre, and Dietrich Werner, 258–62. Oxford: Regum Books International, 2014.

Lossky, Vladimir. “Tradition and Traditions.” In In the Image and Likeness of God. Crestwood, N. Y.: St. Vladimir, 1974.

Negrov, Alexander I. Biblical Interpretation in the Russian Orthodox Church: A Historical and Hermeneutical Perspective. Tubingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2008.

Ouspensky, Leonide and Vladimir Lossky. “La Tradition et les Traditions.” Dans Le sens des icônes. Paris: Cerf, 2003.

Williams, Daniel H. Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalism: A Primer for Suspicious Protestants. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 1999.




Copyright (c) 2020 Саблон ЛЕЙВА Э. А

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS: EURO-ASIAN JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY

ISSN 2521-179X (Online), ISSN 2415-783X (Print)