Okay, here is a term that is really throwing me for a loop. In much of my study of the Patristic fathers, I have been exposed to this word. Now, I do understand its usage by the Cappadocian Fathers in relation to the Trinity and Christ. However, when it is developed by later theologians, that's when I get confused. In addition, when reading (and in lectures) of the Icon contraversty it has been suggested that humans themselves have a hypostasis and this is part of the reason that humans and saints can be depicted in icons. Thus, for all philosphers (psedo or genuine), how exactly would you explain the Orthodox understanding of hypostasis? Where does this line of thought extend to?