Studies in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
6 The Theologian
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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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