This collection of essays in honor of His Grace, Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia, represent not only the scholar but also the man. Beginning with Andrew Louth's lively and informative biographical sketch (in which we discover young Timothy's mother dubbed him a ''Bath bun,'' in the spirit of his birthplace, and his Oxford comrades call him ''Super K''), the volume is organized into three categories, each examining different aspects of Orthodoxy's historical, theological and spiritual tradition in the West. Offered by a shining host of scholars and theologians in their own right, these papers reveal not only Bishop Kallistos' considerable influence on Orthodox scholarship but also his unflagging commitment to those wanting to know more about Orthodox life. The table of contents alone is laudable: Thomas Hopko on good and evil, Sebastian Brock on Saint Ephrem, Bishop Alfeyev on theological education in the early Christian East, John Behr on faithfulness and creativity, John Chryssavgis on spiritual direction and A.M. Allchin on the story of redemption in early Welsh poetry. The breadth of these studies testify to Orthodoxy's reality of truth as participation, much as Bishop Kallistos first experienced it in a dark London church: a world ''more real -- I would almost say more solid,'' cloaked in the sense of overwhelming presence, a glimpse of the ''beauty of holiness, not confected, but offered for participation.''
An Eighth Day View:
This Festschrift celebrates the joyful heart and retirement from thirty-five years of university teaching of Bishop Kallistos Ware, a person who has found his monastic "desert" among the "dreaming spires" of academia, and his "cell" in the lecture room. The Festschrift contains articles by renowned academics, which are based on historical, theological, and spiritual themes.