“Stanley Hauerwas opens one of his classes by reading a letter from a parent to a government official. The parent complains that his son, who had received the best education, gone to all the right schools, and was headed for a good job as a lawyer, had gotten involved with a weird religious sect. Now members of this sect controlled his every move, told him whom to date and whom not to date, and had taken all of his money. The parent is pleading with the government official to do something about this weird religious group.
‘Who is this letter describing?’ Hauerwas asks. Some think it is describing the Moonies, or some other weird sect.
It is a composite letter drawn from the letters of third-century Roman parents concerning a group called the church.” -William Willimon