As much as some of us might want to say that Christianity has been, and today remains, the foundation or unifier of American life, any serious probing into that claim reveals a tale of multiple different “Americas” existing side by side and yet largely independent of one another.
What is Easter without participation in Christ’s Resurrection? It is nothing. Pascha without the solemn and profound beauty of remembering, affirming, and participating in the theological, historical and existential reality of the Lord’s Resurrection is nothing.
It is this crucial aspect of self-mastery or self-rule which merits further examination – a man or woman who gives into excesses of the senses, of certain bodily pleasures, is a person who has not mastered the self, and who, therefore, is incapable constitutionally of inspiring order and self-rule in others.
In any heightened climate of extended political controversy – whether in ecclesiastical politics or in secular politics – it can…