Dear knowledgeable people,
Since the days of my short catechumenate (December 2006- February 2007) and to this day, Vladimir Lossky has been one of my most favorite Orthodox writers. Because I grew up in the former USSR and can read Russian without any difficulty, I read his two books, "Dogmatic Theology" and "An Outline of the Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church" in their original Russian, using their texts online at http://www.wco.ru/biblio/
. Both books were a great pleasure to read, and I would never ever suspect that something could possibly be wrong with them.
However, recently, I heard from one priest that Lossky was "not quite Orthodox." The priest is not Orthodox himself but a Ukrainian Eastern Rite Catholic, so I thought, maybe he got a wrong information from somewhere. Yet, when I looked up the article about Lossky in OrthodoxWicki, and clicked on some links there, I found, for example, these nice but still chilling, in a sense, words of Protopresbyter Fr. Alexander Schmemann:
"Having received an excellent philosophical training, Vladimir Lossky was at home in the world of contemporary philosophy with all its problems and methods. But he was equally at home in the thought and the spirituality of the Fathers, deeply rooted in all the living sources of Orthodox theological tradition. Hence the creative, the living spirit in his own theological work. He did not simply "quote" the Fathers and tradition, his loyalty to them was not that of a blind conservative . . . In one of the forthcoming issues of our "Quarterly", Professor Verkhovsky will discuss in detail Vladimir Lossky’s contribution to contemporary Orthodox theology (cf. the review of his book on the "Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church" in the book review section.) Let me say here, that on various issues of our troubled and confused Church life many of us were often in disagreement with Vladimir Lossky,
but these disagreements have never had any effect on our friendship and the respect we had for his sincerity and his truly Christian Spirit. No disagreement however sharp, no discussion, however heated, would become "personal" with him, for he was not looking for personal "recognition"." (http://www.schmemann.org/byhim/lossky.html
Could you please clarify for me, what were these disagreements? In what sense could professor Vladimir Lossky be "not quite Orthodox?"
Thank you all so much in advance,