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  • Further thoughts on Luther, the Reformation—and G. K. Chesterton

    07/14/2017 10:07:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 225 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 13, 2017 | Dale Ahlquist
    @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderControls.css"); catholicworldreport.com Further thoughts on Luther, the Reformation—and G. K. Chesterton – Catholic World Report 6-8 minutes @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); Left: Martin Luther in 1532 portrait; right: G.K. Chesterton in his study, date unknown (Wikipedia) So, I took some heat from my previous article on the Reformation—“The Bible, the Reformation, and G.K. Chesterton”—because I implied that the Reformation was started by Protestants. Apparently I did not spend enough time attacking the Catholic Church, which, as everyone knows, was responsible for the creation of Martin Luther and company.But since we are still in the midst of our year long observance...
  • Chesterton Orthodoxy III Suicide of Thought - Does It Remind You of Someone Famous Today?

    01/09/2016 12:46:33 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Leader U ^ | 1908 | Gilbert Keith Chesterton 1874-1936
    The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues.… It is not merely the vices that are let loose. … The virtues do more terrible damage. [The truth of some scientists] is pitiless. … Some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity is often untruthful. ORTHODOXY III THE SUICIDE OF THOUGHT The phrases of the street are not only forcible but subtle: for a figure of speech can often get into a crack too small for a definition. Phrases like "put out" or...
  • Abortion & Animal Welfare- G.K. Chesterton

    08/06/2015 4:04:26 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/03/2015 | Nicholas Frankovich
    "There is a healthy and an unhealthy love of animals: and the nearest definition of the difference is that the unhealthy love of animals is serious. I am quite prepared to love a rhinoceros, with reasonable precautions: he is, doubtless, a delightful father to the young rhinoceroses. But I will not promise not to laugh at a rhinoceros. . . . I will not worship an animal. That is, I will not take an animal quite seriously: and I know why. Wherever there is Animal Worship there is Human Sacrifice. That is, both symbolically and literally, a real truth of...
  • The Actor, the Author, and the Real ‘Father Brown’

    06/14/2015 2:06:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 13, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    The priest who was the inspiration for Chesterton's great detective also played a central role in the conversion of Chesterton and many others Crime fiction fans are well aware of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown and his place in the Pantheon of great detectives. Nevertheless, in contrast with the seemingly endless speculation as to the ‘real Sherlock Holmes’, there has been little such debate about the origin of the priest sleuth. However, a recent book, The Elusive Father Brown (Gracewing, 2010), by Laura Smith, goes some way to rectifying this, detailing as it does the life of the cleric who formed...
  • What Chesterton Saw in America

    03/17/2015 3:42:59 PM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Apr 7, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    One of Chesterton’s most penetrating insights into America concerned what he called “the great American experiment” of multi-racialism, “the experiment of a democracy of diverse races which has been compared to a melting-pot”. Chesterton asserted that the experiment required a strong sense of national identity, which was the unifying force that allowed the many races to meld into the one nation. The metaphor of the melting pot “implies that the pot itself is of a certain shape and a certain substance; a pretty solid substance. The melting-pot must not melt.”[5] The paradox, therefore, is that the very diversity necessitates unity....
  • Chesterton’s Islamic England

    12/09/2014 1:54:38 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | December 9, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    G.K. Chesterton had a knack for anticipating future trends but when, in his 1914 novel The Flying Inn, he anticipated the Islamization of England, it seemed so far out of the realm of possibility that it was difficult to take it as anything but a flight of fancy.True enough, the book has a whimsical, Pickwickian quality. It follows the rambling adventures of two British stalwarts, Patrick Dalroy and Humphrey Pump, as they try to stay one step ahead of the law, dispensing free liquor as they go in an England where alcohol has been banned. The “Flying Inn” is...
  • How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

    11/25/2014 3:50:20 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 25, 2014
    JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA) Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway's Not God's Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journeyI have been reading Dr Holly Ordway’s Not God’s Type: an Atheist Academic Lays Down her Arms (Ignatius Press, or Gracewing in the UK). It is always uplifting to read books like this, not in a triumphalist way but because it is a reminder that underneath all the glaring human weaknesses in the Church as an institution, which we all know so well, there are still people out there who are searching for answers to fundamental questions and then finding...
  • The Ethics of Elfland

    07/30/2014 2:38:23 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 4 replies
    Page by Page Books ^ | 1908 | GK Chesterton
    When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: "Ah, yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on with the world as it is." Thus, at least, venerable and philanthropic old men now in their honoured graves used to talk to me when I was a boy. But since then I...
  • PIPES: A 1914 Novel’s Prescient Vision of Londonistan [GK Chesterton]

    05/28/2014 8:19:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/27/14 | Daniel Pipes
    Yesterday’s dark fantasy is now coming to pass Exactly one century ago, the renowned British writer G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), called by his admirers the greatest writer and thinker of the 20th century, published a curious novel titled “The Flying Inn.” On the cusp of World War I, he imagined the Ottoman Empire conquering Great Britain and imposing Shariah law. Chesterton rides this implausible scenario as a vehicle to ridicule progressivism — that same arrogant, “scientific,” top-down, and leftist approach to government that characterizes the age of Obama. “The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes,” Chesterton rightly explained,...
  • For All the Newly Baptized

    04/20/2014 4:28:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    NC Register ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | MARK SHEA
    The Convert G.K. Chesterton After one moment when I bowed my head And the whole world turned over and came upright, And I came out where the old road shone white. I walked the ways and heard what all men said, Forests of tongues, like autumn leaves unshed, Being not unlovable but strange and light; Old riddles and new creeds, not in despite But softly, as men smile about the dead. The sages have a hundred maps to give That trace their crawling cosmos like a tree, They rattle reason out through many a sieve That stores the sand and...
  • "There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than celebrating Christmas before it comes.”

    12/02/2013 3:43:06 PM PST · by NYer · 81 replies
    Musings of a Pertinacious Papist ^ | December 1, 2013 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Fr. George W. Rutler (The Judge Report, December 1, 2013) writes:... Without Advent, the only thing to do is to “rush” Christmas, with celebrations without much purpose. That turns Christmas inside out and can even make it depressing. Superficial Christmas is “joy without a cause” as G.K. Chesterton said in 1911 in his epic poem, The Ballad of the White Horse. He also said a couple of years earlier: “There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than that of celebrating Christmas before it comes. ”Our Lord spoke of people who “loved the dark rather than the light” (John 3:19),...
  • The Cause for a Modern Prophet [G. K. Chesterton]

    08/13/2013 7:22:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    InsightScoop ^ | August 13, 2013 | Carl Olson
    The Cause for a Modern Prophet The Cause for a Modern Prophet | Michael Coren | CWRProlific and paradoxical, Gilbert Keith Chesterton was as witty as Wilde, as original as Joyce, and as clever as Kafka When even mass-circulation British newspapers cover a story about the Church and beatification, you know it matters. The Daily Mail recently reported that, “Author G. K. Chesterton, best known for his Father Brown stories, has been put on the path to sainthood – with the blessing of the Pope. Just days before he was elected Pope in March, the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal...
  • The Challenge of Defending the Normal (in contemporary culture)

    07/09/2013 11:47:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 9, 2013 | Dale Ahlquist
    We continue to reel from the blows dealt by the Culture of Death. The attack on life, and particularly on the family, that institution which is the incubator and nourisher of life, continues relentlessly. Our states and our courts have now given the name of “marriage” to a fundamentally unnatural and barren relationship that was once unmentionable in polite company. Being pummeled like this can be disorienting, and even good people are starting to talk like they’ve been hit in the head too many times.We have let ourselves get cornered. But we can change the momentum in this fight....
  • When you Break Big Laws, You Get Small Laws. A Meditation on a Teaching By Chesterton

    06/14/2013 3:38:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/13/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    GK Chesterton once observed that “When you break the big laws you do not get freedom. You do not even get anarchy. You get small laws.” (Daily News, July 29, 1905).Yes, small laws, lots of small laws. Trifling and irritating small laws that regulate every human interaction and transaction. It is death by a thousand cuts. And thus, when we as a society set aside the bigger picture of, say, respecting life, of mutual respect and consideration for the common good, we get ten thousand laws.As of 2012 there were just over 160,000 pages of law and rules from the...
  • G. K. Chesterton: Rallying the Really Human Things

    04/12/2013 11:07:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    Chesterton is perhaps the most articulate twentieth century practitioner of this Christian paradoxical imagination. He judges that a serious breakdown of the fundamental moral suppositions deposited by biblical faith and the classical tradition is underway and accelerating. He believes that this declension is due to a loss of conviction in our culture about the reality of the Incarnation, that God truly became a human being in Jesus Christ with all the import that that has for human existence. For Chesterton, the doctrine of the Incarnation is the hinge that holds together what is, for the Christian, a vision of the...
  • G.K. Chesterton vs Clarence Darrow

    04/01/2013 7:13:25 PM PDT · by HerrBlucher · 19 replies
    Question: I understand that at some time around 1930 G.K. debated Clarence Darrow in New York City and did quite well. Where is this reported at any length? Is a transcript available? What else is known of this debate? How can I find more information about it? Thank You for your response. - Duane Answer: In January of 1931, during his second trip to America, Chesterton did indeed debate with Clarence Darrow, at New York City’s Mecca Temple. The topic was “Will the World Return to Religion?” There is no known transcript of the proceedings, but perhaps the following clippings...
  • Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? (Long)

    06/05/2012 8:12:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    CE.com ^ | June 4th, 2012 | Zac Alstin
    Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? OpinionJune 4th, 2012 Zac Alstin The late Christopher Hitchens  It is a cliché of pop psychology that we are least able to tolerate people who remind us of our own selves. There’s only room for one Life Of The Party and we feel a twinge of antagonism toward anyone whose excellence threatens to outshine our own. I was reminded of this when I read Christopher Hitchens’ posthumously published review of a biography of the great British journalist G.K. Chesterton. It certainly was a curious valediction. As an obituary for Hitchens described: “Consider the mix. Constant pain, weak as...
  • THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND CONVERSION BY G. K. CHESTERTON, CHAPTER III: THE REAL OBSTACLES

    02/09/2012 5:03:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | Copyright, 1926 | G. K. Chesterton
    CHAPTER III: THE REAL OBSTACLES In the last chapter I have dealt in a preliminary fashion with the Protestant case in the conventional controversial sense. I have dealt with the objections which I suspected very early of being prejudices and which I now know to be prejudices. I have dealt last and at the greatest length with what I believe to be the noblest of all the prejudices of Protestantism: that which is simply founded on patriotism. I do not think patriotism is necessarily prejudice; but I am quite sure it must be prejudice and nothing else but prejudice, unless...
  • THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND CONVERSION BY G. K. CHESTERTON, Chap. II, THE OBVIOUS BLUNDERS

    01/30/2012 6:02:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | Copyright, 1926 | G. K. Chesterton
    CHAPTER II: THE OBVIOUS BLUNDERS I have noted that Catholicism really is in the twentieth century what it was in the second century; it is the New Religion. Indeed its very antiquity preserves an attitude of novelty. I have always thought it striking and even stirring that in the venerable invocation of the "Tantum Ergo," which for us seems to come loaded with accumulated ages, there is still the language of innovation; of the antique document that must yield to a new rite. For us the hymn is something of an antique document itself. But the rite is always new....
  • Defiant Joy: Why We Still Need Chesterton

    01/27/2012 3:22:31 PM PST · by rhema · 10 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | 1/26/12 | Chuck Colson
    There’s a great new biography about one of the Christian giants of the 20th Century. And I mean that literally. To read Kevin Belmonte's recent book Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G. K. Chesterton, is to feel a powerful sense of longing. Chesterton, as many of you may know, was the twentieth-century writer of Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man, the Father Brown mysteries, and other important works. His stalwart faith influenced great numbers of people in his own time and afterwards, including C. S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers. Chesterton's time, in the early part of the century, was...