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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Studies in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

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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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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