Thursday, February 2, 2023

Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon has reposed

 ( - The influential theologian reposed today. I dare say there's not a seminary that doesn't have his books as mandatory reading. I myself consider much of what he wrote to be invaluable and quote him often.

Metropolitan John was born in Katafygio, Velventos. His education began with study at the Universities of Thessaloniki and Athens in 1950, and then a year at the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in 1955. Between 1960 and 1964 Zizioulas did doctoral research under the Eastern Orthodox theologian[4] Georges Florovsky (1893-1979; Chair of Eastern Church History at Harvard and a member of the Russian Orthodox Church) and was a Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies.[5] He received his doctorate in 1965 from the University of Athens. Zizioulas took up a post at the University of Athens in 1964 as Assistant Professor of Church History, and then six years later, worked as Professor of Patristics at the New College, Edinburgh from 1970 until 1973. He moved to the University of Glasgow where he held a personal chair in systematic theology for some fourteen years. In addition, Zizioulas also was a visiting Professor at the Research Institute in Systematic Theology of King's College London. In 1986, he was elected titular metropolitan of Pergamon. In the same year, he assumed a full-time academic post at Thessaloniki School of Theology as Professor of Dogmatics.

Zizioulas died on 2 February 2023, due to health complications in Athens, Greece.


  1. Two theological giants lost in the last year

  2. A titular bishop. Uncomfortable question, did he have a congregation? Laymen anywhere? This custom of the bishop of nothing has a sad history. Even the late great Met. Kallistos was actually part of a community.