Constantine Scouteris: Greek theologian
How precious are thy friends unto me, O God!(Psalm 139:17 LXX).
Paraphrasing Porphyrios, Scouteris would say, “The goal of the Christian is not to receive gifts from God. It is love”, which is “an exodus from selfishness”. This “exodus from selfishness” and this love come as a direct result of “communion with God”. As he once told me personally, “Communion is the greatest gift that God has bestowed on the human race” – communion with one another, the ability to enter into a personal relationship with one’s neighbour.
In imitation of his beloved spiritual father, Professor Scouteris accepted the cross of his final illness, in the understanding that the gifts of God “are truly the fruits of patience and suffering.” He lived his last days in great pain, but also in thanksgiving – in gratitude for all the gifts that God had bestowed upon him, and especially for his dear wife, Pitsa, and family. Scouteris’ own words on Porphyrios apply equally to himself: “He never prayed for God to make him well. He didn’t pray for his own relief. He glorified God” …
Read the full Obituary, published in the London Times, here.
The question of the Orthodox understanding of the Church is one of the most pressing of our times, and Professor Scouteris’ book is simply masterful in its presentation of the Body of Christ as a theanthropic institution. His genius, which is more than evident in this book, is his ability to treat complex themes with remarkable clarity, a clarity which stems from his profound erudition and special relationship with his spiritual father, St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia.
In his Ecclesial Being, Professor Constantine Scouteris focuses most ably on the mystery of the human person in the context of the conciliarity of the Church. His vision of the unity of the Orthodox churches, based on the Pauline theme of the New Israel, embraces all Orthodox Christian peoples wonderfully diverse in language and culture as one nation in Christ, which the entire world is invited to join.
Dr. Scouteris was Professor of Theology in the University of Athens, Greece, and Adjunct Professor in the History of Doctrine at the Theological School of the University of Balamand, Lebanon.