In the Orthodox Church, theology is considered a gift. It is not something acquired through mere study or scholarly research. It is not some complicated system of intellectual discourse, the monopoly of a few specialists whose lifetimes are spent in libraries. It is not taught; rather it is caught. Moreover, by the same token, it is not some arbitrary expression or personal opinion. Indeed, it cannot be articulated outside the living continuity of tradition. Nor again is it simply the result of some authoritative declaration, publicly professed or dogmatically imposed by the institutional church. Rather, it is the fruit of a communal conscience and consensus. Theology can never be understood as some infallible proclamation by a single or even a collective source. It always derives from, is produced by, and is interpreted within the experience of the total community.
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Encountering the Mystery pg. 37