Advice columnists began to be popular in England right at the time that rigorous religious practices of casuistry were declining. Casuistry provided a common language regarding moral issues that spanned ecclesiastical and even denominational divides.
When I married a priest, I cut a deal with him. “No children’s ministry,” I made him swear. “Not now, not ever.”
What are the beliefs that are so integral to our faith that we must act upon them, even in the face of laws that allow no room for religious exemption? What are the convictions we hold in common that we can act upon together, even in opposition to the cultural consensus?