An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith by St. John Damascene
That the Deity is incomprehensible, and that we ought not to pry into and meddle with tire things which have not been delivered to us by the holy Prophets, and Apostles, and Evangelists.
Concerning things utterable and things unutterable, and things knowable and thinks unknowable.
Proof that there is a God.
Concerning the nature of Deity: that it is incomprehensible.
Proof that God is one and not many.
Concerning the Word and the San of God: a reasoned proof.
Concerning the Holy Spirit, a reasoned proof.
Concerning the Holy Trinity.
Concerning what is affirmed about God.
Concerning divine union and separation.
Concerning what is affirmed about God as though He had body.
Concerning the Same.
Concerning the place of God: and that the Deity alone is uncircumscribed.
The properties of the divine nature.
Concerning aeon or age. HE created the ages Who Himself was. before the ages, Whom the divine David thus addresses, From age to age Than art (1). The divine apostle also says, Through Whom He created the ages (2).
Concerning the creation.Since, then, God, Who is good and more than good, did not find satisfaction in self-contemplation, but in fits exceeding goodness wished certain things to come into existence which would enjoy His benefits and share in His goodness, He brought all things out of nothing into being and created them, both what is invisible and what is visible. Yea, even man, who is a compound of the visible and the invisible. And it is by thought that He creates, and thought is the basis of the work, the Word filling it and the Spirit perfecting it (2).
Concerning the devil and demons.
Concerning the visible creation.
Concerning the Heaven.
Concerning light, fire, the luminaries, sun, moon and stars.
Concerning the waters.
Concerning earth and its products.
Concerning Conception and Articulation.
Concerning Passion and Energy.
Concerning what is Voluntary and what is Involuntary.
Concerning what is in our own power, that is, concerning Free-will (9).
Of events (5), some are in our hands, others are not.
Concerning the reason of our endowment with Free-will.
Concerning what is not in our hands.
Concerning Prescience and Predestination.
Concerning the Divine Economy and God's care over us, and concerning our salvation.
Concerning the manner in which the Word (9) was conceived, and concerning His divine incarnation.
Concerning Christ's two natures, in apposition to those who hold that He has only one (2).
Concerning the manner of the Mutual Communication (8).
Concerning the number of the Natures.
That in one of its subsistences the divine nature is united in its entirety to the human nature, in its entirety and not only part to part.
Concerning the one compound subsistence of God the Word.
In reply to those who ask whether (7) the natures of the Lord are brought under a continuous or a discontinuous quantity (8).
In reply to the question whether there is Nature that has no Subsistence.
Concerning the Trisagium ("the Thrice Holy").
Concerning the Nature as viewed in Species and in Individual, and concerning the difference between Union and Incarnation: and how this is to be understood, "The one Nature of God the Word Incarnate.
That the holy Virgin is the Mother of God: an argument directed against the Nestorians.
Concerning the properties of the two Natures.
Concerning the energies in our Lord Jesus Christ.
In reply to those who say (7) "If man has two natures and two energies, Christ must be held to have three natures and as many energies.
Concerning the deification of the nature of our Lord's flesh and of Hi's will.
Further concerning volitions and free-wills: minds, too, and knowledges and wisdoms.
Concerning the theandric energy.
Concerning the natural and innocent passions (2a).
Concerning ignorance and servitude.
Concerning His growth.
Concerning His Fear.
Concerning our Lord's Praying.
Concerning the Appropriation.
Concerning the Passion of our Lord's body, and the Impassibility of His divinity.
Concerning the fact that the divinity of the Word remained inseparable from the soul and the body, even at our Lord's death, and that His subsistence continued one.
Concerning Corruption and Destruction.
Concerning the Descent to Hades.
Concerning what followed the Resurrection.
Concerning the sitting at the right hand of the Father.
In reply to those who say (5) "If Christ has two natures, either ye do service to the creature in worshipping created nature, or ye say that there is one nature to be worshipped, and another not to be worshipped.
Why it was the Son of God, and not the Father or the Spirit, that became man: and what having became man He achieved.
In reply to those who ask if Christ's subsistence is create or uncreate.
Concerning the question, when Christ was called.
In answer to those who enquire whether the holy Mother of God bore two natures, and whether two natures hung upon the Crass.
How the Only-begotten Son of God is called first-born.
Concerning Faith and Baptism.
Concerning Worship towards the East.
Concerning the holy and immaculate Mysteries of the Lord.
Concerning our Lord's genealogy and concerning the holy Mother of God (4).
Concerning the honour due to the Saints and their remains.
Concerning Images (8).
Concerning Scripture (8).
Regarding the things said concerning Christ.
That God (7) is not the cause of evils.
That there are not two Kingdoms.
The purpose (2) for which God in His foreknowledge created persons who would sin and not repent.
Concerning the law of God and the law of sin.
Against the Jews on the question Sabbath.
Concerning the Circumcision.
It should be known that the Antichrist is hound to come.
Concerning the Resurrection.