and sanctity, requiring no extraordinary attire, with (studious) arrangement and (wanton) negligence.  And if the requirements of Gentile friendships and of kindly offices call you, why not go forth clad in your own armour; (and) all the more, in that (you have to go) to such as are strangers to the faith? so that between the handmaids of God and of the devil there may be a difference; so that you may be an example to them, and they may be edified in you; so that (as the apostle says) "God may be magnified in your body."  But magnified He is in the body through modesty: of course, too, through attire suitable to modesty. Well, but it is urged by some, "Let not the Name be blasphemed in us,  if we make any derogatory change from our old style and dress." Let us, then, not abolish our old vices! let us maintain the same character, if we must maintain the same appearance (as before); and then truly the nations will not blaspheme! A grand blasphemy is that by which it is said, "Ever since she became a Christian, she walks in poorer garb!" Will you fear to appear poorer, from the time that you have been made more wealthy; and fouler,  from the time when you have been made more clean? Is it according to the decree  of Gentiles, or according to the decree of God, that it becomes Christians to walk?
 Gravitatis.  Et composito et soluto.  See Philippians 1:20.  Comp. de Idol., c. xiv.  Sordidior.  Or "pleasure:" placitum.
 Et composito et soluto.
 See Philippians 1:20.
 Comp. de Idol., c. xiv.
 Or "pleasure:" placitum.