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.
posted on 12/20/2010 9:21:03 PM PST
(God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
posted on 12/20/2010 9:46:44 PM PST
Right — impugning the known truth is a sin against the Holy Spirit!
posted on 12/21/2010 2:03:18 AM PST
posted on 12/21/2010 5:33:29 PM PST
(When politicians politicize issues, aren't they just doing their job?)
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