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The pagans, says Tertullian, behave one way in real life and a completely different way when they go to sports or plays. That’s because they let their feelings guide their judgment.
It’s strange how the same man who can barely bring himself to lift his tunic in public, even when the call of nature urges him, takes it off in the circus, as if he longed to expose himself in front of everybody. Or how a father who carefully protects and guards his virgin daughter’s ears from every bad word takes her to the theater himself, exposing her to all its vile words and attitudes. Or how someone who, if he comes across a fighter brawling in the streets, has him arrested or rebukes him severely, goes to the arena...
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