So, you thought the East-West church divide was over whether or not the bread used in Mass should be leavened? Or perhaps because of the filioque clause? Oh no, those were only part of it. They also split, dear readers, over the length of the priestly beard. I am giving to you, as was given to me, this gift of the theological history of the beard. You should read it. And if you are a man, know that a line has been drawn. Are you on the manly beard side, or the peach fuzz girly face side? The decision is yours.