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George Petrovich Fedotov

XX Century
A mediævalist by profession and in his earlier youth a Marxist, G. P. Fedotov returned to Christianity around the time of the Revolution and opposed the Soviet dictatorship, although throughout his life he remained sympathetic to "progressive" causes and was one of the few Orthodox theologians of the XX Century to grapple seriously with the issues of democracy and social justice. Exiled in 1925, he became one of the original members of the St. Sergius Institute faculty in Paris; later he emigrated to the United States and taught at St. Vladimir's. While continuing his study of the Western Middle Ages, he also worked extensively in Russian ecclesiastical history through the XVII Century, and was among the first Orthodox historians to systematically apply Western critical methods to hagiography.

Norman Hugh Redington


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