This one is from Jenkins’ Jesus Wars, quoting from St. Gregory of Nyssa who in the 380s wrote about how the theological controversy of the teaching of Arius was not only discussed among theologians, but more importantly everywhere in the neighbourhood of Constantinople:
“Every part of the city is filled with such talk; the alleys, the crossroads, the squares, the avenues. It comes from those who sell clothes, moneychangers, grocers. If you ask a money-changer what the exchange rate is, he will reply with a dissertation on the Begotten and Unbegotten. If you enquire about the quality and the price of bread, the baker will reply: “The Father is greatest and the Son subject to him.” When you ask at the baths wherever the water is ready, the manager will declare that “the Son came forth from nothing.”” (p. 62)
Question: which one is the orthodox, the baker or the manager?
(By the way, what a fun time to live.)