Studies in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
14 Patristic Texts as Icons
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14 Patristic Texts as Icons1
It is my great pleasure to contribute this essay in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos. There is one particular ‘word’ of his that I heard during my studies with him which has remained with me ever since, and that I would like to expand upon here: that is, that we should approach the writings of the Fathers, their texts, as icons. I will begin by reflecting on how the Fathers were read during the last century in both Orthodox theology and academic theology more generally, and then suggest how thinking of Patristic texts as icons might take us further in understanding the nature or character of theology itself.
The ‘Neo-Patristic Synthesis’: Its Genesis and Its Limitations
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