51 Moshe Barasch. Icon: Studies in the History of an Idea. (New York, NY: New York University Press,
1992), p. 113ff.
52 Florovsky, 1974, p. 101.
53 Ibid, p. 110.
54 Ibid, p. 102.
55 Ibid, p. 106.
56 Ibid, p. 107.

Identification with a side of the iconoclastic controversy was often more related to social and political factors than theological ideology. During much of this time, monasteries were making money off of “miraculous” icons and the tourism business.57 This caused people to have strong opinions on either side of the dispute. This difficult time during Christian history, the age of iconoclasm, can be divided into three phases.58 These are: