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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Studies in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

Edited By Andreas Andreopoulos and Graham Speake

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, formerly Timothy Ware, is unquestionably the best-known Orthodox theologian in the Western world today. The papers collected in this volume are designed to demonstrate the spread of his own interests and concerns and therefore range from the Desert Fathers to modern church dialogue, from patristics to church music, from the Philokalia to human «priesthood». In the course of a long career he has touched the lives of many people and there is a section of tributes concerned with his role as spiritual father, teacher, writer, pastor, theologian, and monk. In the epilogue the Metropolitan himself reflects on his many years as a pilgrim to Mount Athos. Most of the papers included in this volume were delivered at a conference convened by the Friends of Mount Athos at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, in 2015 in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos’s eightieth birthday.
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6 The Theologian

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ANDREW LOUTH

6    The Theologian

These tributes address different aspects of Metropolitan Kallistos’s life, work, and influence. And yet it seems to me – as, I am sure, to all of us making our tributes to him – that Bishop Kallistos cannot be divided up into separate categories. We pay tribute to him as a spiritual father, a pastor, a monk, a teacher, a supervisor of research students, and also as a theologian, and yet they cannot be separated. The spiritual father, pastor, monk, teacher, supervisor: all of these are different aspects of the one who is a theologian. Or one could take each of these aspects and see all the others in it. So I cannot but trespass on the tributes of the others. Nor do I apologize for that.

All of these aspects have been constants, and they are all interwoven: interwoven they manifest something unique, someone unique. We shall not see his like again. This is true simply at the level of history. When Metropolitan Kallistos was first drawn to Orthodoxy, it was a very unusual thing to do. He was preceded by a few years by one who was to become his great friend, Philip Sherrard, and received into Orthodoxy alongside W. Jardine-Grisbrooke. As he contemplated Orthodoxy, he was warned of the danger of perpetual eccentricity if he pursued such a course. In some way he was abandoning his Englishness, despite the fact that eccentricity has always been...

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