Brothers Karamazov, chapter 5
I was reading an account of some debate in which one of the parties was described as a "moderate Catholic". The more I thought about the phrase, the more curious it appeared to me. Of course we routinely apply the adjective "moderate" to any number of affiliations; it is a prized possession in some circles, you know - nothing too extreme. But my curious thought is this. It seems to me that Catholic (or Anglican or whatever you will) is a subset of Christian. And to apply the term "moderate" in any sense to anything which is a subset of Christian is a mistake. Can one be a 'moderate' Christian in any sense that bears the weight of the name itself? Can one be moderate about anything which bears the name of Christ?