SECONDARY sources!? "Scholarly" sources!?
Bah humbug! Secular universities!
I can imagine it now in the church universities... (it does exist)
"St. John of Damascus was against iconoclasm, according to Professor ORLLY who said that John of Damascus said, 'I like icons, and I use an argument with this verse here from the bible '~~~~''"
Cut out the middle man, and directly quote the saint already!!!
It reminds me of a story about greek theological universities, which had become secularized, scholastic, philosophical (I cannot think of a good word for it). oh, "WESTERN!!!" ;p
Anyway, the student's masters thesis is being critiqed by the professors of a... let us say unnamed greece theological university. They say, why are there so few scholarly sources in your writing? There are hardly any sources taken from theologians, mostly just quoting various saint theologians from long ago and the scriptures. And the student responds, correctly, that the theologians are the saints, who he was constantly quoting. It is not the professors of theology who are theologians, the saints are the theologians. or something like that.
This reminds me of what St. Gregory Palamas said about theology, there are three types. But I am babbling on too much about off topic stuff, like always