Chrysostom Slaps Down Mike Bloomberg

Wednesday might not be the best day of the week to celebrate the 79th anniversary of the repeal of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution (prohibition), but I hope you were able to note it in some fashion.

First Things marks Repeal Day with this passage from the great 4th-century Church Father St. John Chrysostom:

“For wine was given us of God, not that we might be dr…

  1. Crow

    Kleinias: You seem to be saying, friend, that spending time drinking together is a great contribution to education, if it is done correctly!

    Athenian Stranger: Yes, and why not?

    - Laws (641D)

  2. flownover

    Cheers Mollie ! Merry Christmas.

    Who was the damned fool that tried to abolish ?

  3. Edward Smith

    Johnny Golden Flower could not write a sermon to save his life.  No wonder he faded into obscurity.

  4. KC Mulville

    You say that we can’t have guns or soda, but we have to subsidize condoms? Because, you say, people have no willpower or personal responsibility. OK, I think that’s a crock, but suppose you’re right …

    What sort of people would you suggest should intervene to protect us from a lack of willpower? 

    Did you say … Politicians?

    I’m sorry, I can’t stop laughing. Can’t help it …

  5. Whiskey Sam


  6. Sister

    St. John Chrysostomos on Ricochet? Thank you, Mollie! My Kindle is loaded with his homilies. Reading them, I feel that I’ve already died and gone to heaven. And, they’re available free online!!!

  7. Nobody

    I raise my Brandy cup to you, Mrs. Hemingway, and to St. John Chrysostom.

  8. The New Clear Option

    Amen t’that! And cheers!

  9. Pseudodionysius

    You should google The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom for a real treat.

  10. flownover

    Does not Mayor Bloomberg have a silver thunderbucket ?

  11. Sister

    I have the JOY of chanting it daily.

    Pseudodionysius: You should google The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom for a real treat. · 1 minute ago

  12. Thom Williams

    Prohibition was the 18th ammendment. The 21st ammendment repealed prohibition. 

  13. Jeff

    I’m Orthodox. St. Chrysostomos wrote our liturgy It’s a work of the people not of the priest alone.

    St. Chrysostomos’ argument is very like Lincoln’s Temperance Address of 1842. He said:

    it was known and acknowledged, that many were greatly injured by [drunkenness]; but none seemed to think the injury arose from the use of a bad thing, but from the abuse of a very good thing. [...]

    Let us make it as unfashionable to withhold our names from the temperance cause as for husbands to wear their wives bonnets to church, and instances will be just as rare in the one case as the other.

    Culture is a work of the people, not a high priesthood of social architects. Fashion, shame, and glory are the instruments by which we maintain cultural norms.

    Social engineering doesn’t work from the right or the left. It’s always a work of the people, and it should be left so.

  14. Keith

    Thanks for posting this.

    The arguments against drunkenness are similar to arguments against gun control, aren’t they.

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