The work of Father Damian offers a message of hope and trust for the spiritual ecumenism of our time, which combines the sanctity of man with the transformation of creation. Together with the glorification and the eternization of man in the resurrected Christ, there will be always beauty in the world. The art of resurrection is reproduced in the technique of the icon and of holiness; the old creation in a new heaven and a new earth. God is an artist; man is created in His image.
Preface by Fr. Prof. Dr. Ion Bria I; Foreword V; Acknowledgements IX; List of Abbreviations XI; Quo Vadis Homo? I. The Impossible Way; The Spirit of Possession 1; Secularization and Nihilism 4; The Economic Man 7; The Success-oriented Man 10; A Culture of Separation 11; The Psychological Complex 13; II. The Possible Way; A New Awareness 15; Envisaged Remedies 17; Transfiguration 20; III. The Way Of The Icon 21; Historical Background: The Hypostatic Union In The Fifth- And Sixth- Century Christology; I. The Christology Of The Fifth Century; The Mystery of Christology 31; Antioch and Alexandria 32; The Byzantine Theology 34; The Way to Chalcedon 36; Theodore of Mopsuestia 36; Theodoret of Cyrus 36; Nestorius 37; Eutyches 38; Cyril of Alexandria 38; Leo I of Rome 39; The Synod of Chalcedon 40; After Chalcedon 42; II. The Christology Of The Sixth Century; General Characteristics 43; The Emperor Justinian, 527-565 44; Leontius of Byzantium 46; Leontius of Jerusalem 47; The Council of Constantinople, of 553 48; The Transition Period: St. John of Damascus 49; The Humanity of Christ 50; Introduction To Byzantine Iconoclasm and St. Theodore Of Studion's Life; I. Byzantine Iconoclasm; Preliminaries 59; The Emperors 59; Aspects and Periods 61; The Monasteries 63; The Icon before Iconoclasm 64; Causes of Iconoclasm 67; Iconoclasm: Aspects of its Development 71; Leo III the Isaurian (717-741) 71; Constantine V Copronymus (741-775) 73; Leo IV the Khazar (775-780) 75; The Empress Irene and the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, 787 75; The Emperor Nicephorus (802-811) 77; Leo V the Armenian (813-820) 78; The Emperor Michael II (820-829) 79; The Emperor Theophilus (829-842) 80; The Theology of the Iconoclastic Period 81; In Leo III's Time 81; In Constantin V's Time 82; The Council of Nicaea II 84; The Last Phase 85; After Iconoclasm 86