But..... I spent a lot of time dealing with patristic quotes from Roman Catholics which which supposed to support the papacy. These quotes were often mangled or truncated to make them appear to support the papacy. *That* is dishonest.
Yes, I remember, this was how it was. One can see the process continuing with the same old mangled quotes and out of historical context assertions.
Unfortunately we do not have the knowledge or resources to counteract this, I myself lack preparation and I am tired of it, and almost all of the best Eastern Christian talent is gone.
Hopefully some new informed Orthodox and Eastern Catholics will come in after Pascha (but I have my doubts).
In most cases those offering the quotes were not personally guilty because they had simply harvested them from webpages. But often they would keep presenting the same distorted quotes even after they had been shown the correct version. At that stage it became dishonest.
There are just too many people more focused on winning these little debates, than on the Truth. Little do they realize that it is the lurkers, those interested seekers, who are the real treasure of any discussion. Most of the time the interlocutors are fairly fixed in their positions and will not be budged, unless they are suffering from extreme cognitive dissonance and need some relief!
The many seekers comprising the audience are still quite capable of discerning ham from spam. The "canned" responses pasted from the old 'popular but inaccurate' sources are tiresome, and if they are properly refuted once, there is some chance the lurkers will remember.
Love in Christ,