26) His ground-breaking definition acted as a necessary counterbalance to much of the pervasive snobbery in much Christian writing on culture, (27) and still reminds the churches of the 21st century that when considering how to apostolically
relate to the surrounding cultures in which each church is set, it is often (certainly in much of the Western world), to quote Stanley Hauerwas, "the church of parking lots and pot-luck dinners" (28) that is under consideration.
Paul wants to explain why he is apostolically
under obligation to "Greeks and barbarians, to wise and foolish.
In his memoirs he bites the Byronic hand that penned him, meanwhile stoking the embers of Shelley's pyre into a cultish blaze over which he apostolically
presides and lovingly simmers his own fame; in the ultimate groupie coup, he even gets himself buried next to Shelley in Rome.
For, when Pandarus, having apostolically
received Troilus as a convert to the true faith, goes on to envisage him proudly as |the beste post' of Love's religion (1.
The Catholic Church--and in this it is in principle in agreement with the Orthodox position--understands this to mean a unity in one faith, in the same sacraments and in one apostolically
grounded episcopal office.