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Why I Am A Catholic by G. K. Chesterton
Chesterton.org ^ | 1926 | G. K. Chesterton

Posted on 12/20/2010 6:21:26 PM PST by Salvation

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I posted something by Chesterton yesterday, and some FReepers really liked it. Here is something else.
1 posted on 12/20/2010 6:21:30 PM PST by Salvation
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Catholic Discussion Ping!

If you aren’t on this ping list NOW and would like to be on it, please Freepmail me.

2 posted on 12/20/2010 6:23:21 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

:-D

Sorry for the cheesy emoticon but it’s how I feel after reading that


3 posted on 12/20/2010 6:24:41 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: Salvation
Thanks for the Chesterton posts, the big guy never disappoints.

Nine out of ten of what we call new ideas are simply old mistakes.

Yes, hidden away by the obscurity of history only to rise again as a lightbulb in a fools mind.

It sounds harmless to say, as most modern people have said: "Actions are only wrong if they are bad for society." Follow it out, and sooner or later you will have the inhumanity of a hive

A few of us went around and around with this on an earlier thread about Atheism. It is the morality of Atheism, and the only morality Atheism can support.

4 posted on 12/20/2010 6:45:00 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: HerrBlucher

Well, maybe those atheists need to read Chesterton. LOL!


5 posted on 12/20/2010 6:47:19 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

One of My Brothers is a agnostic but he loves G K Chesterton. Please Pray for Him. Thanks!


6 posted on 12/20/2010 6:58:28 PM PST by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: johngrace

Did you see the thread I posted yesterday from Ignatius Insight?

Prayers for your brother....got a name?


7 posted on 12/20/2010 7:01:17 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Yes! His name Dan.


8 posted on 12/20/2010 7:04:46 PM PST by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: Salvation
Whew! Thank God I'm already a Catholic, or I might have had to read all that! ;)

but seriously folks: Chesterton's always worth the time. I just have a long to-do list at the moment.

Common sense bump.

9 posted on 12/20/2010 7:06:52 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy. Again I say, oy.)
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To: johngrace

Has he read “Orthodoxy”? And if so, have you discussed it with him?


10 posted on 12/20/2010 7:11:19 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: HerrBlucher

Never talked specifics. He lives far away. I will though thanks!


11 posted on 12/20/2010 7:18:45 PM PST by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: Salvation; surroundedbyblue; shurwouldluv_a_smallergov; Judith Anne; rkjohn; PadreL; ...
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Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

12 posted on 12/20/2010 7:21:53 PM PST by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: Salvation

(((((( C H E S T E R T O N ! ! ! )))))))))

About time Free Republic discovered
my favorite apologist. Whoot!


13 posted on 12/20/2010 7:24:58 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Salvation

Thanks so much Salvation.


14 posted on 12/20/2010 7:25:20 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: johngrace

Get a skype acount and a webcam, and see that he has skype too, and have at it!


15 posted on 12/20/2010 7:26:31 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: johngrace

Prayers for Dan. It’s been my experience that most Catholics — momentarily agnostic — do come back to the faith.

Keep giving him the good stuff, though!


16 posted on 12/20/2010 7:26:57 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Love Chesterton. Thanks for the post.


17 posted on 12/20/2010 7:28:27 PM PST by Jvette
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To: Salvation

It’s the only thing that makes any sense!


18 posted on 12/20/2010 7:33:14 PM PST by Ozone34 ("There are only two philosophies: Thomism and bullshitism!" -Leon Bloy)
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To: Jvette

My favorite Chesterton quote: “There is only one sin: to call a green leaf gray.”


19 posted on 12/20/2010 7:34:24 PM PST by utahagen
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Yes, if there’s one single book of Chesterton’s that is most useful in teasing out the nature of Catholic truth, it is Orthodoxy.

A brilliant book.


20 posted on 12/20/2010 7:37:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: johngrace

Dan is my favorite of the Old Testament - that your brother carries his name is a good sign. Today he is in the lion’s den, but Our Lord will carry him home. I will pray for him.


21 posted on 12/20/2010 7:40:21 PM PST by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: utahagen

Why is that a sin?


22 posted on 12/20/2010 7:44:32 PM PST by stuartcr (When politicians politicize issues, aren't they just doing their job?)
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To: Salvation

Wow, that was a great read.


23 posted on 12/20/2010 7:56:11 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Jo Nuvark

Maybe you need to start a Chesterton ping list!


24 posted on 12/20/2010 8:00:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
It knows where the Bible came from.

I've always found it curious that people of other Christian religions don't wish to discuss the history of their Bible. Usually they don't know and don't care, while at the same time holding fast to sola scriptura.

25 posted on 12/20/2010 8:03:31 PM PST by detch
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To: Salvation

If you have a Chesterton ping list, can you add me? I should read this and other things by him.


26 posted on 12/20/2010 8:10:23 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.CSLewis)
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To: stuartcr
Why is that a sin?

The sin is in knowing the leaf is green, yet claiming it is something else.

It's in knowing an eternal truth, yet claiming that all is gray...

27 posted on 12/20/2010 8:15:00 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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Why does that matter? Just because one says something, doesn’t mean it changes anything about how something really is. It means the other is either incorrect, or is using a different reference or definition. I don’t see how that can be considered a sin.


28 posted on 12/20/2010 8:44:15 PM PST by stuartcr (When politicians politicize issues, aren't they just doing their job?)
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To: little jeremiah; Jo Nuvark

I don’t have one; I’ll compile links, however. I was talking to Jo.


29 posted on 12/20/2010 8:50:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

This was a good one as well.


30 posted on 12/20/2010 9:09:39 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: stuartcr
It would be presumptuous of me to speak for Chesterton, but I believe this conversation he speaks of is interpersonal. In other words, by knowing in your heart an eternal truth (the greenness of the leaf), and yet denying this truth (calling it gray), you've lied to yourself.

To deny an eternal truth -- if you know it to be one -- whether to yourself or to others, is to miss the mark.

Now if you don't believe in eternal truths, you may still call a green leaf gray.

That merely makes you a common liar.

31 posted on 12/20/2010 9:21:03 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

Great post.

Freegards


32 posted on 12/20/2010 9:46:44 PM PST by Ransomed
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33 posted on 12/20/2010 10:05:31 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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This is a G. K. Chesterton Ping List.

Please contact me by FReepmail if you
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34 posted on 12/20/2010 10:06:16 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Jo Nuvark

Hey, thanks!


35 posted on 12/20/2010 10:18:44 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Here's what I have for now......There is more, my computer keeps shutting down on me. I'll get them later.

Why I Am A Catholic by G. K. Chesterton
"The God In The Cave" | From The Everlasting Man (G. K. Chesterton) Part 1
Alternatives to Assigned Readings

36 posted on 12/20/2010 10:20:03 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: stuartcr
I think Chesterton meant that all sin was really about pretending that something bad is good.
37 posted on 12/21/2010 1:12:01 AM PST by utahagen
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To: Flycatcher

Right — impugning the known truth is a sin against the Holy Spirit!


38 posted on 12/21/2010 2:03:18 AM PST by maryz
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To: Salvation

Thank you—this is wonderful.


39 posted on 12/21/2010 3:45:57 AM PST by Deo et Patria
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Nothing is more likely just now than that the corruption of representative government will lead to the rich breaking loose altogether, and trampling on all the traditions of equality with mere pagan pride.

Timeless words of the reality of the world we are living in from Chesterton.

40 posted on 12/21/2010 5:30:12 AM PST by stfassisi ((The greatest gift God gives us is that of overcoming self"-St Francis Assisi)))
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To: Salvation

Thanks for the post. Mow I’ll go find the one posted earler.


41 posted on 12/21/2010 5:56:07 AM PST by fml
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To: Salvation
It is doing what the Puritans wanted done when it is really wanted. In all probability, all that is best in Protestantism will only survive in Catholicism; and in that sense all Catholics will still be Puritans when all Puritans are Pagans.

This is a good one.
42 posted on 12/21/2010 6:16:40 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Salvation
I'll gladly give Chesterton a ping!

For anyone interested that has access to the EWTN network there is a 30 minute show about Chesterton and his writings on Sunday night at 9pm. You can also download the audio of some of those shows here:

Chesterton audio 1

Chesterton audio 2

I am just finishing up "The collected works Vol 3"; I highly recommend it!

43 posted on 12/21/2010 7:44:27 AM PST by shurwouldluv_a_smallergov
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To: Salvation

Lovely. Chesterton just gets better and better with each read.


44 posted on 12/21/2010 7:45:48 AM PST by Cronos (Et Verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis (W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie))
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To: Jo Nuvark; Salvation

Thanks for the pings. Good read. Very interesting.


45 posted on 12/21/2010 8:27:39 AM PST by PGalt
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To: maryz

**Right — impugning the known truth is a sin against the Holy Spirit!**

This has always been my belief if the people know they are impugning the Blessed Virgin Mary.

And you know that sins against the Holy Spirit are sins that are unforgiveable!!!!!


46 posted on 12/21/2010 8:32:02 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: narses
Dan is my favorite of the Old Testament - that your brother carries his name is a good sign. Today he is in the lion’s den, but Our Lord will carry him home. I will pray for him.

The tribe of Dan doesn't make it...God kicked them out...

47 posted on 12/21/2010 8:52:31 AM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: Jo Nuvark

Yes, yes! (To be fair, he has shown up here from time to time.) Have you looked into John Henry Cardinal Newman?


48 posted on 12/21/2010 9:07:03 AM PST by Mach9
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To: Salvation

Here’s another:

THE DONKEY
G.K. Chesterton

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

Always wondered why Christmas Eve wasn’t also mentioned.


49 posted on 12/21/2010 9:11:50 AM PST by Mach9
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To: Salvation

Where’s Part I?


50 posted on 12/21/2010 11:03:26 AM PST by Paved Paradise
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