Empirical dogmatics according to the oral teachings of Father Ioannis Romanidis. Vol. II
The interpretation of the Fathers is not only the fruit of the books they read, but also of their own experience. Therefore, when they talk about dogmas, the Fathers not only make the simple interpretation of the texts, but also speak from their experience, just like an astronomer who, when teaching a lesson, not only speaks from astronomy treatises, but also looks through telescope, checking with the telescope what is written in the books. In fact, the telescope is more important than books. Likewise in patristic theology, the mind (νοῦς) of the enlightened is more important than the books. The enlightened mind is just like the astronomer looking through a telescope. This is the experience of dogma. We have not only inherited dogma, we have also inherited the experience of dogma.