My views are well known and controversial

From Timothy Barnes’ ‘Constantine and the Christian Church’, in Samuel Lieu & Dominic Montserrat (eds.), Constantine: History, Historiography and Legend.

Whether Constantine also in the years after 324 bestowed on Christianity the privileged standing of which he deprived paganism is a question on which my views are well known and controversial. In this chapter, however, I do not wish to traverse this boggy terrain again.

This is a handy line to use when discussions turn to controversial matters – ie. “Whether we should buy the shiraz or the merlot is a question on which my views are well known and controversial”. It can even be followed up with “I do not wish to traverse this boggy terrain again”.

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