Meyendorff does a great job in surveying the various strands of Byzantine Christology. He unites them under the idea of man's being made to participate in the life of God. This requires a Christology to match, so we see an emphasis on the Logos taking to himself human flesh and deifying, which flesh then becomes the divine life for all of humanity. Some of the figures surveyed shed light on the Christology, but in many ways more importantly, the metaphysics of Byzantine Christianity.">
This major study of Byzantine Christology is at the same time a study of the Orthodox understanding of man and his salvation. Focusing on the concept of hypostasis or "person," Meyendorff states that "man is truly man when he participates in divine life...[and] this participation in no way diminishes his authentically human existence, human energy, and will."