SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION
There are, in the Orthodox Church, two ways of theology at which the divine truth might be approached. The first, essential theology, proceeds out of the spirit of the Church, from the very experience of the God-bearing Fathers, who in their theological writings and expressions, bring to full bloom the sweet-scented flower of their spiritual vision. And this flower is nourished by the very Vine of the Faith, rooted in the same vineyard where Saints, Martryrs, and Confessors have toiled for centuries untold and planted in the sure foundation of the Truth itself. Such theology is not the domain of the scholar, nor is it ultimately the concern of the intellect. It cannot be separated from the spiritual life itself.
The second form of theology which the Church allows us, is secondary theology, primarily entailing the explication of the spiritual life, according to, and consistent with, the divine revelation of essential theology. This techology encompasses the process by which we lift up our intellects to the mental contemplation of the divine Truth, by which we attempt to approach God in a form of mental discipline.