- “A man thou art, but the only one of the animals to be deified” (Basil the Great).
- “One does not only have to be born biologically in order to be called a man, but must also have the Holy Spirit within one . . . Otherwise, he is a man dead to God and swayed by various passions, one is like the animals” (Met. Hierotheos).
- “The ontology of man is to be found in his Archetype . . . the God who created him, since man is made in the image of God . . . As God is Person, it means that man becomes a person when he unites with God” (ibid.).
- “A person is one who has passed from the image to the likeness . . . ontologically all people can be regarded as persons, and even the devil himself is a person, but soteriologically we are not all persons, since we have not all attained the likeness” (ibid.).
- “Persona is ‘the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible…which is, in the sight of God, of great price'” (1 P 3:4; Arch. Sophrony).