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Sayings of the Holy Fathers:

Fanaticism hinders a man's understanding, but true Faith gives it freedom.

St. Makarios of Optina

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...a man has no right to be called faithful, if his faith is a bare word and if he has not in him a faith made active by love or the Spirit. Thus faith must be made evident by progress in works, or it must act in the light and shine in works, as the divine Apostle says: 'Shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works' (James 2:18), thus showing that the faith of grace is made evident by works performed in accordance with the commandments, just as the commandments are fulfilled in deed and are made bright through the faith which is in grace.

St. Gregory of Sinai 
 (Texts on Commandments and Dogmas no. 119)

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...there is one kind of faith, the dogmatic, involving an assent of the soul on some particular point...But there is a second kind of faith which is bestowed by Christ as a gift of grace...The faith then which is given of grace from the Spirit is not merely doctrinal, but also works things above man's power.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem 
(Catechetical Lectures: Lecture 5 nos. 10-11)
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...there is, first, the ordinary faith of all Orthodox Christians, that is to say, correct doctrinal belief concerning God and His creation, both visible and invisible, as the Holy Catholic Church, by God's grace, has received it; and there is, second, the faith of contemplation or spiritual knowledge, which is not in any way opposed to the first kind of faith; on the contrary, the first gives birth to the second, while the second strengthens the first.
St. Peter of Damaskos
 (Book 2: Twenty-Four Discourses no. 2, The Philokalia Vol. 3 pg. 213)