Friday, December 08, 2006

What To Wear For a Bitter Theological Controversy

Fausto bids me remind you that if you're going to an ecclesiastical council of some kind and you want to argue about the divinity of Christ, don't wear a polka-dot muu-muu and a Zippy The Pinhead conehead chapeau. It just doesn't command respect.

Nicholas At Nicea

(That's Nicholas on the left, busting Arius' chops on homoousias or homoiousias, I can never keep them straight)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, and as Saul Alinsky always used to say, if you're going to say something radical, dress conservative; if you're going to say something conservative, dress radical. That way you'll please more people even if they don't know why! juffie

12:14 PM  
Blogger fausto said...

Yes, he became a much jollier fellow once PeaceBang gave him a makeover in red-and-while, and found him that steed accessory with the color-co-ordinated nose.

2:37 PM  
Blogger fausto said...

red-and-WHITE. (It's Friday, but it's been a long week.)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

Saul Alinsky was right on. I always did like him, but never knew he'd said that. Makes sense. I've done that instinctively, and also remember that voice tone and modulation matter. It's amazing how you can make radical statements in a measured tone and well tailored clothes and get more of a hearing. (Whether it *should* be that way is another matter -- but alas, we're dealing with the way things are in order to bring about the way things should be!)

Love and solidarity,
Caroline Divine, radical in pearls

(though not today; no ecclesiastical councils on the schedule, only meetings with my students; so I guess I'm in the conservative role, which may be why I "dressed down" today...)

3:12 PM  
Blogger Adam Becker said...

More sartorial details on St Nicholas here

1:18 AM  
Blogger Shawna Renee said...

PeaceBang, I love your site. I think I have a blog crush on you.

I'm in the RevGalBlogPals' ring too.

1:20 AM  

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