I've just started Stephen Donaldson's Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. And I'm already sucked back in.
Intriguing little essay entitled "Atheistic Democracy: An oxymoron". I only bring it up for the following bit:
The very notion of democracy is based on Christian principles—a historical fact, though one not really emphasized in our public school system. ... Yes, the Greeks had a democracy, but it was not a democracy for women and slaves. It was the radical Christian notion of equality--that there was neither “Jew nor Gentile,” and that even prostitutes could repent--that forms the basis of our democratic values.
Ah yes, I remember vividly how the Christian Continental Congress got together and freed the slaves and gave women the vote. It's a good thing America was founded on principles entirely different from those of the Greeks.